Most Pirated Artists of 2013: Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk

rihanna-2013I imagine that there’s a certain feeling of flattery in being named one of the most illegally downloaded artists of the year. Musicmetric, which analyzes data from Bit Torrent, has revealed that at over five million downloads each, Bruno Mars and Rihanna earned the top spots in this category, while Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, and Flo Rida rounded out the top five. Also in the top 10 were Kanye West, Jay Z, Eminem, Drake, and Pitbull. 

Gregory Mead of Musicmetric reminds readers that the analytics “don’t condone piracy,” but rather help artists plan around where their fans are, in order to optimize tours ” similar to what Iron Maiden has started doing. Musicmetric also measures social media success, and found Taylor Swift to be the winner, with an added 29.5 million new followers in 2013, with Katy Perry close behind at an added 29.2 million new followers.

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Eminem Debuts "Rap God"

We all know Eminem is a rap superstar, but is he good enough to be considered a god? If you ask him, the answer is yes.

Having spent the better part of the last two months promoting his upcoming album on the strength of “Berzerk” and “Survival,” Eminem is showcasing yet another side of himself on his new single “Rap God.” The track is the third to surface off The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and as the title suggests, Eminem spends the majority of the near six-minute track spitting bar after bar about how and why he is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of all time. You can stream the track at the end of this post.

Each “Rap God” verse is more impressive than the last, but unfortunately the beat leaves a lot to be desired. Em’s focus on delivering the most robust lyrical offering seems to have resulted in an overly simplistic accompaniment that runs out of steam long before Em does. Such simplicity is maybe necessary to allow the variety of flows showcased on the single, but considering that this track will eventually appear in the middle of a full album, it’s too mediocre to ignore.

Do you feel Eminem has earned the title of rap god? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is scheduled to be released November 5. (more…)

Eminem Releases "Berzerk" Video

Eminem has a long history of releasing music videos that offer unique and often hilarious visual accompaniments for his generally vicious wordplay. His early work featured a number of parodies of subjects ranging from movies to celebrities, and now it’s our obsession with technology that seems to have caught Em’s eye.

Enter “Berzerk.” Debuting online shortly after the Video Music Awards, the first single off Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 harkens back to the aggressive delivery that caught the attention of frequent collaborator Dr. Dre in the late ’90s. The official video arrived online yesterday, and fittingly features footage that looks as if it were filmed on VHS. The clip shows grainy images of Em roaming the streets of Detroit and performing in front of an elaborate Beats By Dre ad, along with various familiar faces spliced between archival footage meant to evoke the high energy feel of the music, and finally some obvious nods to the Beastie Boys. It’s odd, somewhat hilarious, and at time downright weird, but is nevertheless completely enjoyable throughout. You can view the clip below.

We know more music from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be available before the album’s November release, but at this time no additional information is available. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Berzerk.” (more…)

Eminem Debuts "Berzerk"

Just a day after announcing his album plans via VMA commercial break, Eminem has released the album’s lead single, “Berzerk.”

The result of a collaboration with producer Rick Rubin and a sample from the glory days of ’80s hair metal, “Berzerk” kicks off the promotional run for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 with a throwback heavy song. Em attacks the song verses with the kind of ferocious delivery he built a career on, and even though the song is clearly designed for radio play there are a number of masterful lyrics littered throughout. You can stream the song below.

“Berzerk” may not fit sonically with anything you recall from The Marshall Mathers LP, but for the brash, energetic delivery certainly. It’s clear Em still has a lot to say, and we look forward to sharing more info on the album as it becomes available.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 hits stores November 5. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Berzerk.” (more…)

Eminem Announces 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'

Detroit native Eminem has announced plans to release his long-awaited ninth studio album later this year.

Breaking the news in a series commercials for Beats By Dre headphones last night, Eminem revealed that he will release The Marshall Mathers LP 2 on November 5 of this year. The album is a sequel to his critically acclaimed sophomore album, and also serves as a follow-up to 2010’s electrifying Recovery. No singles have been released just yet, but a snippet of new material can be heard between the two ads. You can view both videos below.

It has been nearly 14 years since The Marshall Mathers LP arrived in stores, and to this day it remains Eminem’s top-selling release. After you listen to the snippets, comment below and let us know how excited you are for the new material. (more…)

New Material From Eminem Surfaces Online

The world has been impatiently waiting to hear what Eminem would deliver next, and late last night we got what may be our first taste of the future.

Surfacing on Soundcloud via radio rip, a new track from Eminem entitled “Symphony In H” has started making the rounds on news sites. The song packs a near-circus like beat that is reminiscent of Relapse, but the the lyrical approach is undeniably fresh. You can’t help but bob your head to this one, so click here and get familiar before it becomes your neighbor’s favorite song.

Unfortunately, at this time it does not seem “Symphony In H” is a cut of Eminem’s new album. Instead, those hoping to support Marshall’s latest work can find the track on Tony Touch’s The Piece Maker 3: Return Of The 50 MCs album which hits stores July 9.