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Year In Review: How Eminem Ruled 2010


In an industry with a new standard of 100K-big debuts, Eminem’s Recovery pushed double platinum in two months, spent seven weeks at No. 1 and Susan Boyled the market. Music biz experts weigh in on how hip-hop’s Energizer Bunny kept on going

KEITH CAULFIELD, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CHARTS AT BILLBOARD: Recovery definitely bucked the trend of what we normally see with any significant release. Generally, the album will have the best first-week sales—which Recovery did—but it falls off a cliff in week two. How do you get people who didn’t care, or didn’t know, to suddenly find your album? Eminem was able to do that. He was No. 1 for weeks, and [didn’t] sell less than 80,000 copies a week.

RAEKWON, RAPPER: Fans can tell when you giving them a piece-of-shit album. Em even said the album before Recovery [2009’s Relapse] was trash. [His success] had a lot to do with communicating with fans and figuring out what they’re feeling. All of that is something you take to the studio and keep in the back of your head.

JEFF BASS, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON SEVERAL EMINEM ALBUMS, INCLUDING THE SLIM SHADY LP: The bigger you get as an artist, it’s harder to come by a hit record. Encore and Relapse were not huge successes—he’s not immune to failure. He gave his old fans something to latch on to. But he also struck a nerve working with newer artists like Rihanna [“Love the Way You Lie”] and Lil Wayne [“No Love”].

DENNIS DENNEHY, INTERSCOPE EVP OF MARKETING & PUBLICITY: “Love the Way You Lie” is probably the song of the summer. It had such an immediate resonance with both males and females, and engaged a lot of people that might not have been engaged on Relapse. So you get people that three or four weeks in are like, “I’ve been hearing good things. I’m gonna buy the album.”

CAULFIELD: You can’t sell the way he’s done unless you have different groups buying your records. Because he’s selling well on iTunes, he’s getting younger fans that are only now discovering his old stuff.

RAEKWON: It amazes me how he can sell so many units, but you don’t hear his records all the time on the radio or in the club. At the same time, he surrounded himself with a strong team who said, “This is what we need you to do.”

DENNEHY: There was no point in us rushing everything out. Everybody feels like they know about him because he’s so personal in his lyrics, but there’s still that mystery because he’s not out there all the time.

JON CARAMANICA, MUSIC CRITIC: People are still rooting for him. He’s had a public struggle with addiction. Combine that with a lead single that told the story of his comeback and a song with a very savvy use of Rihanna, and you get a recipe for success in a down market. 

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Dr. King's Childhood Home Sold For $1.9 Million To The National Park Service

The two-story Atlanta home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spent his formidable years has been sold. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the yellow and brown house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Service.

Will Shafroth, CEO of the National Park Foundation said it was hard to place a dollar amount on the location where a lot of Dr. King's character was molded.

"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

“We are working on creating more robust, nonviolence training,” King said. “Our society is desperately in need of Dr. King’s nonviolent teachings right now in order to create a just, humane and peaceful world. That is what we are trying to put our energy in.”

The home was reportedly built by a white firefighter in 1895 and then purchased by Dr. King's maternal grandfather, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church for $3,500. When King's mother and father wed in 1927, they moved. All of King's siblings including himself were born in the home.

Elizabeth Paradis Stern, spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the preservation of the home will not falter now that it's out of the family's possession.

“The most important thing about this is that this property will be protected and preserved permanently as one of our most important properties,” Stern said. “It is part of the American fabric.”

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Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.


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