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Crime Pays Doesn’t, Unless Your Name Happens to Be Eminem

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Preliminary speculation says that Eminem’s wildly uneven, mostly critically loathed, and excessively accented Relapse will sell somewhere in the vicinity of half a million copies between now and next Tuesday, smashing the sales of every other record released so far in 2009. Meanwhile, Cam’ron’s Crime Pays reportedly sold all of 43,000 copies its first week out, a sign we initially took to mean that in the new industry world order, people won’t buy bad rap albums, but which we now realize merely signaled the fact that people will no longer buy bad rap albums from artists who aren’t huge, global megastars. [h/t Idolator, XXL]