Soundscan, an information and tracking system used by the entertainment industry. Starting in 1991, this is the means of keeping track of all sales and stats.
In a recent ALLHIPHOP.com article, it was stated that Eminem is now the 2nd highest selling Male artist of the SoundScan Era.
“Em now has 44.91 million units sold. Strait falls to third on that list with 44.89 million. Brooks leads the way with 69.52 million. In overall sales for the SoundScan era, the Detroit rapper sits in the sixth spot. Garth Brooks is still number one followed by The Beatles at 2 (65.55 million), Metallica at 3 (54.26 million), Mariah Carey at 4 (54.24 million), and Celine Dion at 5 (52.21 million).
Eminem’s latest project The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has passed the 2 million sales mark. All of his major label solo albums have gone at least double platinum”.
“Eminem is now only behind Garth Brooks in total album sales for a male artist over the last 23 years. According to Billboard, Slim Shady passed country singer George Strait to become the second highest selling male performer since SoundScan started tabulating sales”.