Adding further fuel to the rumor that he plans to retire or at the very least take an extended break from music, Eminem will this week release his first retrospective, “Curtain Call.” The set features three new songs (“When I’m Gone,” which rockets 69-25 this week on the Billboard Hot 100,” “Fack” and “Shake That” featuring Nate Dogg) plus the commercial debut of Eminem’s duet with Elton John on “Stan” from the 2001 Grammys.
The album is rounded out by such Eminem staples as “The Way I Am,” “Mockingbird,” “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” “Without Me,” “My Name Is” and “Lose Yourself,”
The label says Eminem has been working on “Curtain Call” since early summer, presumably before he was forced to cancel the end of his Anger Management tour with 50 Cent and seek treatment for an addiction to sleep medication. That experience is touched on in the video for “When I’m Gone.”
“I have some songs that a lot of people like,” says Eminem, who has sold more than 29 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “I have some songs that only I like. This album is obviously for the ‘lot’ of people.”