Eminem Is The Best-Selling Artist Of The Decade

Nielsen Soundscan has announced that Hip-Hop star Eminem is the best selling artist of the decade.


The Detroit emcee’s closest competition came from the legendary Beatles.

Their greatest hits compilation One is the best selling album of the decade with over 11 million copies sold.

Eminem’s win was secured by 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP (10, 204,000 copies), and 2003’s The Eminem Show (9,799,000).

Also, the rapper’s 2009 comeback LP Relapse added over 1.5 million in sales.

Those numbers would have increase further if Eminem had released his sequel Relapse 2 as originally planned in November.

Several other Hip-Hop artists made lasting chart imprints.

Nelly made the Top 10 for best selling albums with his breakout 2000 disc Country Grammar (8,461,000 copies).

Flo Rida, the Black Eyed Peas, and Soulja Boy made their impact through their respective Top 10 singles.

“Low” was secured the top-selling digital song of the decade with over 5 million downloads, followed by “Boom Boom Pow” at #4 (4,349,000), and “Crank Dat” at #6 (4,315,000).

At press time, Eminem’s Relapse 2 is set to be released on March 2010.

Last week, fans were treated to Relapse: Refill, an EP which featured recent album outtakes and guest spots from the rapper.

The top-selling albums of the decade, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

1. The Beatles, 1, 11,499,000 units sold
2. 'NSYNC, No Strings Attached, 11,112,000 units sold
3. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me, 10, 546,000 units sold
4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP, 10,204,000 units sold
5. Eminem, The Eminem Show, 9,799,000 units sold
6. Usher, Confessions, 9,712,000 units sold
7. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory, 9,663,000 units sold
8. Creed, Human Clay, 9,491,000 units sold
9. Britney Spears, Oops! ... I Did It Again, 9,185,000 units sold
10. Nelly, Country Grammar, 8,461,000 units sold

The top-selling digital songs of the decade, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

1. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, "Low" 5,214,000 units sold
2. Lady Gaga feat. Colby O'Donis, "Just Dance," 4,690,000 units sold
3. Jason Mraz, "I'm Yours," 4,619,000 units sold
4. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, "Apologize," 4,439,000 units sold
5. The Black Eyed Peas, "Boom Boom Pow," 4,349,000 units sold
6. Soulja Boy Tell'em, "Crank That," 4,315,000 units sold
7. Lady Gaga, "Poker Face," 4,200,000 units sold
8. Coldplay, "Viva la Vida," 4,140,000 units sold
9. Taylor Swift, "Love Story," 4,005,000 units sold
10. Katy Perry, "Hot N Cold," 3,945,000 units sold