Eminem is set to release a studio album on June 22, according to an official announcement on the rapper's website on April 14. Recovery, the artist's seventh major label studio album, will feature collaborators including DJ Khalil, Just Blaze, Jim Jonsin and Boi-1da, among others.
The announcement followed on the heels of an April 14 message Eminem sent from his Twitter account declaring, "There is no Relapse 2," referring to a followup to the 2009 album Relapse that Eminem was originally expected to release by the end of 2009. Soon after, the artist tweeted again, this time with the new album's name and a link to his website.
"I had originally planned for
Relapse 2 to come out last year," said Eminem. "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."
Eminem has sold more than 78 million albums worldwide. The long-awaited Relapse was his first album to be released since 2004's Encore, which has sold more than 11 million copies.