After a five-year absence, Eminem returned with two albums in less than 12 months and instantly reclaimed his superstar crown. In just eight weeks, his "Recovery" sold more than 2 million copies,
according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a feat unheard of in this download era and reminiscent of the mid-'90s. Meanwhile, his late-2009 effort, "Relapse," has sold more than 2 million itself. "Relapse" is more of a shock-and-awe album, but Eminem showed a bit more soul on "Recovery," and audiences have responded in a more than positive manner.
-- Todd Martens