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Eminem reveals 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' tracklist: Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, more to guest

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Kendrick Lamar! Rihanna! That one guy from fun.!

All those characters will be featured on Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he revealed today. Em also dropped new cover art and the full tracklist for the upcoming effort, due out Nov. 5.

As expected, the previously released video-game song “Survival” and the retro single “Berzerk” both made it onto the record. His old pal Rihanna shows up on a number called “The Monster,” as does his other lady-friend Skylar Grey, who’s listed on a song titled “Asshole.”

Perhaps most notably, fellow Dr. Dre protege Kendrick Lamar guests on something called “Love Game,” a collaboration that’s destined to break the rap-internet when it leaks. And randomly, fun.’s Nate Ruess — a person who sort of seems like someone Em would’ve mocked in his “The Real Slim Shady” days — pops up on the second-to-last track “Headlights.”

Mercifully, MMLP2 contains only one skit.

In keeping with the Detroit-tough theme, the album’s lineup shows up on the back cover art of a condemned-building notice issued by his bankrupt hometown (see above). The very not-bankrupt Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, who serve as the album’s executive producers, are touted prominently as well. It’s all meant to complement the front cover that he tweeted out last month, featuring an updated image of his childhood house — the same one that appeared on the original Marshall Mathers LP back in 2000.

Check out the full tracklist below:

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Eminem drops video for video-game song 'Survival': Watch it here

Hey, remember before how before Eminem dropped the Rick Rubin-produced Top 10 single “Berzerk,” he also released a song for the Call of Duty: Ghosts soundtrack?

Sure you do — “Survival” was the first new Eminem song you’d heard in a long time, so it surely has a special place in your 2013 diary entries. Now the track’s got a video as well, and it’s all you’d expect: grittiness, graffiti-ness, and video game-iness, all in one clip.

Check it out below:

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Eminem goes nuts with Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Rubin in 'Berzerk' video: Watch it here

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If Eminem’s championship-level trolling appearance during Saturday night’s Notre Dame/Michigan game wasn’t proof enough of his special kind of whimsy, now there’s his just-premiered video for “Berzerk.”

The clip features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, track producer Rick Rubin, Kid Rock, and members of Slaughterhouse. There’s also ample footage of Billy Squier (whose “The Stroke” provides one of the samples that make up the Rubin-produced beat), some backyard wrestling shenanigans, a little riot video, and visual references to both the Beastie Boys’ “So What Cha Want” and Pharcyde’s “Drop.”

Oh, and there’s also a big-ass boombox in there.

It’s a visual feast that, in typical Slim Shady fashion, makes a strident track a lot more palatable. Watch “Berzerk” below.

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Eminem does bizarre ESPN halftime interview: 'Live TV freaks me out' -- VIDEO

Eminem made an unlikely and puzzling appearance on ESPN’s Saturday Night Football halftime show.

The rap superstar, who has a new album out in the fall, appeared to premiere his “Berzerk” music video.

Sitting with Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit, Eminem seemed at first slightly confused, with his mouth hanging open.

Eminem rarely does interviews, and certainly not live on ESPN. Musburger asked him questions about his music and referred to him by his given name, Marshall Mathers.

Said Eminem: “Live TV freaks me out a little bit.”

But he soon seemed to relax, saying “Berzerk” would be the new theme of SNF. The Detroit native also talked about his devotion to the Detroit Lions.

Check out the video below:
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Katy Perry's 'Roar' knocks 'Blurred Lines' out of No. 1 spot

Katy Perry said she was a champion, and she meant it.

Though the raven-haired diva’s new single “Roar” spent two weeks stuck in second place — today she scored her eighth No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart with her empowerment anthem “Roar,”  which ended Robin Thicke’s twelve-week reign atop the chart with “Blurred Lines.”

“Roar” has topped the Digital Songs chart for three straight weeks, and its sales figures are truly jaw dropping. In week one, the song sold 557,000 copies. In week two, it moved another 392,000 units. This week, “Roar” pummeled past the one million mark with a 14 percent increase (likely due to increased radio airplay and VMAs exposure) to 448,000 downloads.

Only two other songs by female artists have ever surpassed 400,000 downloads in two weeks: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Here’s another fun stat (via Yahoo!’s Paul Grein): “Roar” is Perry’s seventh No. 1 of this decade, making her one of just two artists to notch seven chart toppers since January 2010. Who’s the other pop powerhouse? Perry’s sometime-bestie, Rihanna.

Even better news for Perry? The jungle-vision video for “Roar” debuts tomorrow, which should boost the song’s prospects even more — especially on the streaming songs chart. Here’s a teaser: READ FULL STORY

Eminem goes old school on new single 'Berzerk': Hear it here

Eminem’s work has always vacillated between super-serious and turned-to-11 goofballery. His last album, the multi-platinum Recoverywas mostly the former, so it makes sense that the first single from Slim Shady’s forthcoming new album MMLP2 would focus on the latter.

“Berzerk,” which was teased during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, premiered last night on Eminem’s SiriusXM station Shade 45. It was produced by Rick Rubin and finds Mr. Mathers darting between old-school references, including some Beastie Boys nods and a bite of Billy Squier’s “The Stroke.”  Listen below: READ FULL STORY

Eminem sneakily announces new single, album release date during VMAs [UPDATED]

With most of the music world’s eyeballs fixed on one point — the MTV VMAs — Eminem took advantage of the moment to announce the name and release date of his upcoming eighth album. As his official site teases, the new album will be out Nov. 5.

The site calls the release MMLP2, which likely stands for The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Also announced was the name of a new single, “Berzerk,” to be debuted this Tuesday.

UPDATE: A rep at Interscope has confirmed that the album’s formal title is indeed The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and that “Berzerk” will be on sale via iTunes on Tuesday, 12:01am Eastern. The song was produced by Rick Rubin, who with Dr. Dre co-produced the entire album.

The announcement also came with a snippet of the new song. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Eminem drops new song 'Survival': Hear it here

Guess who’s back? Back again? Shady’s back! Tell a video game fan!

There hasn’t been new Eminem music in a while, though he did announce that he’d have a new album out in 2013 thanks to a hat he was selling. Now comes a brand new track called “Survival,” which will not only appear on said upcoming album but also on the soundtrack to Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest entry in the massively successful fist-person shooter franchise.

When we last heard Slim Shady, he was teaming up with his old pal Royce Da 5’9″ for the return of the team Bad Meets Evil, and they scored hits with “Fast Lane” and the Bruno Mars-assisted “Lighters.” The last time Marshall Mathers rapped solo, it was for 2010’s Recovery, which yielded the chart-toppers “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie.”

More details about Eminem’s new album, including a release date and a single, will be forthcoming. For now, give “Survival,” a guitar-heavy banger cut from the same cloth as “Won’t Back Down,” a listen below (though good luck hearing the lyrics underneath all that digital gunfire). UPDATE: Hear the non-shooty version below too.  READ FULL STORY

Eminem in 'How to Make Money Selling Drugs': 'My name is Marshall, and I'm an addict' -- VIDEO

Clearly, a man who calls his albums Relapse and Recovery is pretty forthright about his struggle with addiction, but Eminem opens the book even further in the new documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs.

In a two-and-a-half-minute confessional, the hip-hop megastar explains how he fell into his addiction to prescription painkillers and cheated death. “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem, I just remember liking it more and more,” he says.

And when he was at his worst, he refused to listen to anyone who tried to stop him — after all, he was just taking legal pills. “People tried to tell me I had a problem. I would say, ‘Get that f—ing person out of here. I can’t believe they said that sh-t to me. They know nothing about my f—ing life. Are they out of their f—ing mind? I’m not out there shooting heroin. I’m not out there putting coke up my nose. I’m not smoking crack.'”

Check out the clip below:
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50 Cent's new single 'My Life' featuring Adam Levine and Eminem: Hear it here

50 Cent is a weird case among rappers, isn’t he?

He put out one of the best-selling hip-hop albums of all time in Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and his personal narrative (trained by Jam Master Jay, shot nine times, re-discovered by Dr. Dre & Eminem, made a ton of money off Vitamin Water) is as ingrained in the popular consciousness as any mainstream star’s of the past two decades.

On the other hand, he’s had a string of duds and non-starters, both in the music world and in the straight-to-DVD universe. Lately, he tends to grab headlines only for Twitter-related nonsense. But he’s still a prodigious talent, and his upcoming album Street King Immortal might be the thing that puts him back on top of the rap world.

That album’s new single “My Life,” which features Adam Levine and Eminem, is submitted as Exhibit A. It falls into some of the traps that 50’s other work tends to fall into (he doesn’t seem to know what his audience wants nor what bandwagon to hop on, so he just tries to do everything), but the Levine-crooned hook is an undeniable earworm, and Slim Shady’s guest verse is the best thing he’s done in 2012 (which means is 73,000 times better than his phoned-in guest spot on the Rihanna album).

Give “My Life” a spin below: READ FULL STORY

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