Eminem will release his fourth album, to be called “Encore,” on Nov. 16, his Interscope Records label said Monday.
The set will be the follow-up to 2002’s “The Eminem Show,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 9.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Interscope said its global sales stand at more than 19 million copies.
Because of Internet piracy, that album officially went on sale in the United States on a Sunday, nine days ahead of its originally scheduled street date.
The 2002 soundtrack to his hit film “8 Mile” also reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200. It spawned the hit “Lose Yourself,” which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and yielded an Oscar for Eminem and his two co-writers. Interscope said its global sales stand at almost nine million copies.
Although he released a new album with his group D-12 this spring, Eminem has kept a low profile over the past year. He recently announced plans to launch a hip-hop music channel with Sirius Satellite Radio, on which he will host shows with acts from his Shady Records imprint. The channel is expected to go live in the fall.