Billboard projects Eminem’s first single off “Marshall Mathers LP 2” to sell between 350,000 and 375,000 downloads in its first week.
Perhaps the biggest news that came out of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was the fact that Eminem would be releasing a new album, and not just any album, but a follow-up to perhaps his most critically acclaimed release, Marshall Mathers LP. With the exciting news also came a new single from the project.
“Berzerk” hit the Internet just under a week ago and the song title is exactly how the charts are expecting Em’s single to fare in sales. Billboard is reporting that the Detroit native’s latest song installment may sell upwards of 350,000 to 375,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 1. Those numbers almost guarantee a high landing on the music mag’s Hot 100 chart as well as the Digital Songs chart, both set for release this week.
“Berzerk’s” sales are very comparative to Em’s last first single for an album. 2010’s “Not Afraid” hit No. 1 on the charts, selling 379,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Producer Just Blaze recently talked about Eminem’s approach to making music, remarking that he is more “scientific” when it comes to putting a track together.
“Em is there when you’re making the beat sometimes,” he revealed. “He’s there when you’re mixing. He’s there mixing and tweaking his own vocals. He hears, he has like dog hearing. So, he’ll be like ‘Turn this up a half a dB. Turn the bass up like a quarter dB at this frequency.’ He’s very much of a scientist with it.”
Also in related Eminem news, Kendrick Lamar recently revealed that he has never worked in studio with Em but said if he gets that call he’s “definitely running.”
Marshall Mathers LP 2 album is due out on Nov. 5. Check out all info regarding Eminem’s first single projections over at Billboard.com.