A new album for Eminem has been in the works for some time and it finally saw the light of day on Dec. 15. Revival is the hip-hop star's ninth overall album and is debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart which is refreshed on Dec. 27 due to the Christmas holiday.
Revival begins at the top moving 267,000 total units which include sales, streaming data and track downloads. Of that number, the album sold 197,000 copies making Eminem the first to have eight consecutive No. 1 debuting albums. Slim Shady's previous album, 2013's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, debuted at the peak position with a massive 792,000 copies sold.
Of all acts in the history of point of sale tracking which began in 1991, Eminem is in sixth place for most No. 1 albums on the Top 200. He is now tied with Madonna, Kenny Chesney and U2 - the latter two having earned their eighth No. 1 in the current quarter with Live in No Shoes Nation and Songs of Experience respectively. Naturally, The Beatles have the most chart toppers with 19.
Revival was kicked off with lead single "Walk on Water" featuring Beyoncé on Nov. 10 and the official music video was recently released exclusively to Apple Music for the time being (Beyoncé does not make an appearance). In the U.S., "Water" has peaked within the top 20 on the Hot 100 songs chart and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs while hitting the top 10 in the UK.
Taylor Swift has had quite the season with her latest album reputation. The album sits at No. 2 with 133,000 more units moved with 105,000 being in actual sales. Since its Nov. 10 release, the album has sold 1.82 million copies to date in the U.S.
Listen to Eminem's "River" featuring Ed Sheeran taken from Revival above.