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With album sales declining as a result of the cherry-picking tendencies fostered by downloading, you might have thought a logical response would be to trim away the extraneous fat that albums developed during the compact disc era, and return to something like the all-killer, no-filler approach of the vinyl era: a slim portfolio of excellence, rather than a bagful of odds, sods and obvious outtakes.

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Baron Cohen's angelic entrance to MTV awards brings out the devil in Eminem

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Album: Eminem, Relapse, (Aftermath)

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Album: Eminem, Relapse (Aftermath/Shady)

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