- 29 Jan 03
He may have ranked among the biggest-selling artists in the world in 2002 – but the ambition that has driven Eminem to pop’s dizziest heights shows no sign of abating with the release of his own biopic, 8 Mile. On track to becoming Hollywood’s latest darling, with all the attendant pressures and provocations that entails, will his art survive?
Forget that Eminem had both the biggest and fourth biggest-selling albums in the US last year. Forget the 10 million copies of The Eminem Show sold worldwide. Forget that ‘Lose Yourself’ was one of the most blistering singles of the winter and a Billboard chart topper to boot. Forget that Eminem currently sits atop the Irish album charts, exactly two years after hotpress last ran a cover story asking why the guy sells proportionately more records in this country than in any other territory in the world.
Forget all the 8 Mile hype.
Forget the statistics and the spin.