Every so often, it pays not to jump all over a potentially contentious celebrity tweet immediately after it appears. Eminem briefly sent his followers into a tizzy when he posted a message on Twitter Wednesday morning on his Twitter feed that read: “There is no Relapse 2.” Most readers took this to mean that the rapper would not release a follow-up to his 2009 album “Relapse,” the first he had put out since “Encore” in 2004. But a few hours later, Eminem set his loyal fans straight, posting a second message that said only “RECOVERY,” and directed followers to his Web site,eminem.com. There, the rapper said that his new album, “Recovery,” will be released on June 22 by Aftermath/Interscope Records, and will feature contributions from producers including DJ Khalil, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da.
In a statement, Eminem said: “I had originally planned for ‘Relapse 2’ to come out last year. But as I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to ‘Relapse’ started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album. The music on Recovery came out very different from ‘Relapse,’ and I think it deserves its own title.”
For as infrequently as Eminem puts out new records, he updates his Twitter feed only slightly more often, using it to post things like his latest high score on Donkey Kong.