Eminem’s ‘The Eminem Show’ Eligible for 12x Platinum

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Cover | Aftermath/Shady/Interscope Records

Eminem’s fourth studio album’The Eminem Show’ is eligible for a significant certification upgrade in the United States. As of the most recent tracking week (ending July 12), pure sales of the album stand at nearly 10.9 million in America alone.

Factoring in the collective 14 million RIAA certified units that tracks from the album have racked up, ‘The Eminem Show’ is now eligible for a 12x Platinum certification through the RIAA. Using the ratio of 10 single units to 1 album sale, the album has notched up over 1.4m units from single equivalents and at least 12.3 million total RIAA units.

Including streams and sales from other non-certified tracks on the album, the album’s actual unit total could be higher. However, its actual total is unlikely to further increase its eligibility.

Currently, The Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Life After Death’ is the highest certified hip-hop album by a soloist at 11x Platinum.

Notes: All seven of the tracks on the album with certifications were re-certified in RIAA’s sales/streaming era using the ratio 150 streams = 1 single sale (download).

As always, nothing is ‘official’ until the RIAA re-certifies the album.


Despite a fuzzy rollout upon its May 2002 release, ‘The Eminem Show’ was an instant success. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with a partial week sum of 284,000 copies and sold a further 1,322,000 copies in its first full week.

The album includes lead track “Without Me” (Hot 100: #2) and “Till I Collapse”, the latter of which was certified 5x Platinum this past February despite not being serviced as a single.

‘The Eminem Show’ was last certified by the RIAA on March 7, 2011, when it obtained Diamond (10x Platinum) status.


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