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Eminem has beaten Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to become the first musician to secure 30 million followers on Facebook.
The Detroit rapper's Facebook page, Facebook.com/eminem, is the most popular artist profile on the social networking site.
Lady Gaga is not far behind, with her followers currently numbering 29.9 million at Facebook.com/ladygaga. Justin Bieber has just over 29 million followers at Facebook.com/justinbieber.
Eminem's achievement is made all the more remarkable as, according to AOL Music, one year ago he had only 2.7 million followers.
This figure was less than artists including Rihanna, Bieber and Shakira boasted at the time.
Lady Gaga does have a much bigger Twitter presence than Eminem, though. 8.7 million people follow her at Twiter.com/ladygaga.
Eminem has 3.4 million followers of his page, Twitter.com/eminem.
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With 2010 ending in success for Eminem, including 10 Grammy Award nominations, the rapper is eyeing a return to the big screen.
The Hip-hop star earned praise for his acting in 2002's semi-biographical "8 Mile" and now word comes that he is in talks to star in "Southpaw" as a welterweight fighter who must overcome tragedy when he faces the title bout.
Eminem 's production company, Shady Films, will be teaming up with DreamWorks on the project, reports Deadline. The screenplay will be written by "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter. Sutter tells the site that the rapper's last album, the critically and commercially successful "Recovery", helped him draw inspiration for themes of the film.
"He shared so much of his personal struggle in this raw and very honest album, one that I connected with on a lot of levels," Sutter told the site. "He is very interested in the boxing genre, and it seemed like an apt metaphor, because his own life has been a brawl. In a way, this is a continuation of the '8 Mile' story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life."
He adds, "He'll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy."
No release date has been set but Sutter says that a first draft of the "Southpaw" screenplay will be completed by February.
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Eminem turned to Dr. Dre to help him get out of his funk when the two hit the studio to work on the Detroit lyricist's post-hiatus comeback LP, Relapse. Now, it looks like the tables have turned.
On Dre's "I Need a Doctor" — the second leak in as many days from the producer's long-awaited Detox — Em lowers the boom on his mentor saying his "perfectionist" rep is leaving the legend stuck in the mud.
"It hurts when I see you struggle/ You come to me with ideas/ You say they're pieces, so I'm puzzled," Eminem raps over the Alex da Kid produced-number. " 'Cause the sh-- I hear is crazy/ But you're either getting lazy/ Or don't believe in you no more/ Seem like your own opinion is not one you can form/ Can't make a decision/ You keep questioning yourself, second guessing, it's almost like you're begging for my help/ Like I'm your leader, you're supposed to be my mentor/ I can endure no more/ Don't you remember who you are."
Throughout the track, an emotionally charged Eminem references his own struggles and Dre's assistance and notes the super-producer's personal troubles as well, citing his son's death. Dre then rhymes about the pair's history, from "Guilty Conscience" to his own indecisiveness.
"Went through friends, some of them I put on, but they just left," Dre raps. "They said they was riding to the death/ But where the f--- are they now, now that I need them?/ I don't see any of them, all I see is Slim."
Last month, Eminem revealed he and Dre were in the studio, presumably putting the final touches on Detox. "I'm in the studio with Dre now, let's just say that," Em said in an interview on his Shade 45 satellite radio station. "Pretty soon he's going to make a beat and I might rap on it."
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