Slim Shady is Back May 19 with "Relapse," Followed By Sequel Before Year's End

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Santa Monica, CA --


, the biggest selling music artist of the decade, officially announced the street date of his first original studio album in over four years.



Interscope/ Aftermath/Shady

) will be released on May 19, 2009. The first single from the album and its accompanying video will see a simultaneous release on April 7th.

Anticipation for


has been building since the fall, when Eminem first announced the album title and debuted his, “

I’m Having A Relapse

” freestyle. Last month, the release of “

Crack A Bottle

” brought that anticipation to a head. The track soared to #1 on the


Hot 100 and set a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales. “Crack A Bottle” will be included as an album track on



With the announcement of the release date for


also comes confirmation of something that has been rumored in recent weeks: Eminem is already working on a follow-up album,

Relapse 2

, that fans can expect in the second half of 2009. "A lot of people were expecting


to drop last year," said Eminem. "I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out

Relapse 2

will let everyone get all of the best stuff."