Some thought that Michael Jackson was going to become the next artist with one billion video views on YouTube, and join Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber in that most exclusive of clubs.
Well, things have turned out quite differently. Somebody got there first.
This week, Eminem crossed that threshold.
And that is surprising only if you haven’t really been paying attention.
Eminem: 1) Has 29 million fans on Facebook, 2) Has 3 million followers on Twitter, and 3) Topped the Billboard’s Social 50 chart along with Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Besides, Eminem was the prevalent face in the recent Super Bowl commercials.
So, Eminem’s achievements in social media come as anything but casual or coincidental. And just as important as the figures provided above is the fact that Eminem’s latest album (2010’s “Recovery”) was a commercial and personal rebound in every sense. The Detroit rapper kicked his addictions for good, and the album earned him 10 Grammy awards. He was to eventually win two of the coveted statues (including “Best Rap Album”).
Below you will find the videos for “Love The Way You Lie” and “Not Afraid”. the two better-known songs from “Recovery”.