Eminem is among the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated worldwide sales of over 220 million records. He was the best-selling music artist in the United States of the 2000s and the best-selling male music artist in the United States of the 2010s, third overall.
Most of his music post-8 Mile has been received poorly by critics, but throughout this period he regularly topped year-end charts for sales and streams. Today, he still has a huge fan army, regularly selling out stadiums abroad and headlining music fests.
1. Eminem. Eminem is the best-selling rapper in history. With over 200 million records sold, he is also the 6th best-selling solo music artist of all time.
The pair are almost even when it comes to Grammys, with Eminem edging out Jay 11-10. But when you tally up total worldwide sales, it's clear that Slim Shady holds the crown, with more than 80 million units shifted to Jay's 40 million.
While Eminem fans would say he is more popular than Drake, their social media metrics do not affirm that. On the contrary, Drake has a larger fanbase on social media than Eminem. With over 30 million followers on Instagram, Eminem comes second to Drake, who is over 70 million followers on Instagram.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 257.7 million certified sales. Second is Elvis Presley with almost 207 million sales, followed by Michael Jackson with 169.7 million.
Eminem was the biggest selling artist for the decade, with more than 32 million album sales, followed by The Beatles, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Britney Spears. There were more than 6 billion album sales during the last decade.
1. Eminem – 227 million units sold. 2. Drake – 152 million units sold.
Eminem has been crowned the King of Hip-Hop by Rolling Stone. The magazine took a look at solo rappers who released albums from 2009 to the present, taking into account album sales, rankings on the R&B/hip-hop and rap charts, YouTube video views, social media, concerts grosses, awards and critics' opinions.
When it comes to the most popular rappers, Kanye West is certainly going to find himself toward the top of the list. However, plenty of current hip-hop artists and top new school rappers who may not have his credentials could still be considered just as famous.
The artists with the most albums on the “all-time” top 100 album list are also displayed. Eminem leaps five points and into the Top 10 as a result of these modifications. The GOAT of all genres, without a doubt. Eminem is the only rapper among Top 10, the list which is topped by legendary Beatles.
There's no denying how critically acclaimed Eminem is as a musician. We think he's up there as one of the most versatile, divisive and talented rappers to come out of the hip hop scene. His incredible flow is evident in many songs, and there is no denying how FAST he can be at times.
Eminem: 203 wins, including 17 Billboard, 13 Grammys, 7 People's Choice, and even 1 Academy Award for “Lose Yourself.” Kanye: 47 wins, including 7 BET awards, 14 Grammys, and 1 Teen Choice award. “Kanye is a better producer!” is seen all across the web.
But his popularity has dwindled recently as the quality of his music declines.
His self-produced recording The Slim Shady EP caught the attention of famed rapper and producer Dr. Dre, who helped Eminem produce The Slim Shady LP. The 1999 record made Eminem a radio and video superstar, with a reputation as a white rapper who wasn't afraid to be vulgar.
Lil Wayne, Drake, Big Sean and Master P all have Biggie in their top five. Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent and Fabolous included both 'Pac and Big in theirs.
Chance The Rapper has been dubbed the goat of rap by Drake. This assertion has been made by The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and Lil Baby.
One of the first rappers at the beginning of the hip hop period, at the end of the 1970s, was also hip hop's first DJ, DJ Kool Herc. Herc, a Jamaican immigrant, started delivering simple raps at his parties, which some claim were inspired by the Jamaican tradition of toasting.
Behind the Canadian powerhouse comes Lil Wayne with 24 top 10s, then Eminem and Jay-Z with 21 apiece. Of the musicians included in that group, Drake, Eminem and now West have all added to their career totals in 2019, with the former collecting three new top 10s and the other two tacking on one more.
In 2002, Em dropped The Eminem Show — his third-straight commercial (1.3 million copies in its first-week, and 7.6 million by year end) and critical success.
The Beatles have the most No. 1 hits of all time: 20. Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.
BTS is currently the most successful boyband in the world. The Seoul-based pop sensation last year became the first Korean artist to take the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, a feat it repeated this year with “Butter” in May and three-peated with “Permission to Dance” in July.
Including his work with D12 and Bad Meets Evil, Eminem has achieved ten number-one albums on the Billboard 200. He has sold more than 42 million tracks and 49.1 million albums in the United States, and 100 million albums worldwide.