Fans are dying for more details about Eminem's highly-anticipated eighth studio album, and rumors have it that Slim Shady's new 2013 record is set to drop on Tuesday, May 28 - the day after Memorial Day! Although no U.S. tour dates are yet confirmed, the popular "Shady Records" rapper is set to kick off a set of European gigs in August. In a recent radio interview with Power 106, Eminem's longtime friend and collaborator Dr. Dre opens up about the upcoming album, claiming that Em's new music is definitely inspiring (even for a rap legend who's been in the music biz for decades)! Read on for more deets!
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Back in October, Eminem (real name, Marshall Mathers) sent out a tweet announcing that he's currently working on a new album. Shady Records president Paul Rosenberg followed up with Billboard in February: "We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He's been working on it for some time... It's safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we're not exactly sure when. We've got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we're trying to see what else lines up."
Dr. Dre also spoke about the new Shady album with Power 106 back in March. He confirmed that the record was almost done, and also revealed:
"Em is finishing up his project. And for me, man, I've just gotten inspired again to go back into the studio. I'm just really having fun with life and having fun with being creative and trying new and different things with myself, just trying to stay active... As you know, it's been almost 30 years for me in music. It's a little bit difficult to keep getting inspired to get back in there but you know, music is my first love and I'm going to continue to do that as long as I can."
Pretty exciting stuff... shadyrecords.com will also allegedly undergo a major revamp.
The "8 Mile" star also recently confirmed a mini European tour, set to kick-off August 15 and wrap up Aug. 25 after headlining U.K.'s Reading and Leeds Festivals.
So, when can fans expect the new tunes to drop? Earlier this month, Aftermath Entertainment posted hints on Facebook, stating "Something Big Is Coming." Another Eminem-related post read, "New Eminem Album is coming very soon."
Detroit's Channel 955 recently posted that Eminem's upcoming LP will hit stores on July 2 on Facebook. Even so, the popular radio station announced that it wasn't an official release date. May 28, 2013 is still the rumored release date circulating on the web.
FYI: Rumors also have it that Tyler the Creator and Kendrick Lamar will be the opening for Eminem for select U.S. concerts (maybe even for the entire tour) 50 Cent is another guest-performer being thrown around... but again, these are all just RUMORS. Stay tuned with Mstars for more details!