Eminem announced the lead song title to his upcoming “Recovery” album, due June 22nd on Shady/Aftermath/Interscope Records, via Twitter today (April 27). “Not Afraid” will be the first single, and the rapper’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, says its “an uplifting song.”
“It’s not a dark song, it’s an uplifting song,” Rosenberg tells Billboard.com about the Boi-1da-produced track, which is scheduled to be released this week.
About the album’s new direction — reflected in the album’s recent title change — Rosenberg says the set will be “more accessible to more fans. He [Eminem] had pretty much completed a whole second album worth of material but at some point he took a step back, looked at it and said, ‘I think I want to record some more,'” he says. “But in recording, the album started to sound so different and was going in such a different direction that he decided to keep it going and turn it into a whole new album. The last album was really for the core Eminem fans. I think this record will open that up a bit.”
Producers confirmed on the album include Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Mr. Porter.