Eminem smashes George Strait’s 44.89 million mark to become second best-selling male artist all-time

Eminem simultaneously hit another mark that should garner some bragging rights. His total sales across all albums now sits at 44.91 million, overtaking country musician George Strait’s 44.89 million to become the second-best-selling male artist. However, it is important to note that Strait’s career predates the inception of SoundScan data.

Garth Brooks is the top selling artist of the era, regardless of gender.

Among all artists in that nearly 23-year span, Eminem is in sixth place, dropping Strait to No. 7. Brooks is on top with 69.52 million. The Beatles are second (65.55 million) and Metallica third (54.26 million), while Mariah Carey sits in fourth (54.24 million) and Celine Dion (52.21 million) rounds out the top five.

Emminem tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit. It’s a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.

Eminem’s latest album reaches a notable threshold, while his cumulative sales grow ever larger.

“The Marshall Mathers LP 2″ sold another 13,000 copies in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen SoundScan, upping its cumulative total past 2 million (2.004 million, to be exact). All of Eminem’s albums have now each sold more than 2 million, led by the first “The Marshall Mathers LP” (released in 2000), at 10.8 million. (He’s also one of only two acts with two 10-million sellers since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. The other: Backstreet Boys. 2002′s “The Eminem Show” is Eminem’s other title to pass 10 million, having sold 10.3 million.)

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