Curtain Call: The Hits

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Curtain Call: The Hits
Greatest hits album by Eminem
Released December 6, 2005
Genre Hip hop
Length 77:55
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Producer Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jeff & Marky Bass, Mike Elizondo, The 45 King, Mel-Man
Eminem compilation chronology
The Singles
(2003)
Curtain Call:
The Hits

(2005)
Eminem Presents:
The Re-Up

(2006)
Singles from Curtain Call: The Hits
  1. "When I'm Gone"
    Released: December 6, 2005
  2. "Shake That"
    Released: January 3, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2][3]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10)[4]
IGN (6.3/10)[5]
NME (8/10)[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Uncut[2] 4/5 stars
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[9]

Curtain Call: The Hits is the first greatest hits compilation album released by American rapper Eminem by Shady Records. It was released on December 6, 2005, under Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. The album collects Eminem's most popular songs, as well as four new tracks, including a live version of "Stan" featuring Elton John from the 43rd Grammy Awards, plus new songs "Fack", "When I'm Gone" and "Shake That" featuring Nate Dogg.

The album was certified double-platinum in the US, triple-platinum in Australia and the UK, and quadruple-platinum in New Zealand. It reached #1 on several charts, including the UK and US Albums Chart. Curtain Call: The Hits was released nine years after the release of Eminem's debut studio album, Infinite.

Chart performance[edit]

Curtain Call: The Hits debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, after two sales days, in a similar fashion to Eminem's previous album Encore. The album racked up first-week sales of nearly 441,000 and with close to 324,000 scans the second week for a two-week stay at number one. It slipped from no. 1 to no. 4 in its third week but surged 33 percent to finish with sales close to 430,000. The disc scored nearly 1.2 million scans in its first three weeks of release. It also gave Eminem his fifth straight number 1 album in the US and UK when including the 8 Mile soundtrack. Curtain Call was certified double-platinum by the RIAA in the United States.[10] As of November 2013, the record has sold 3,782,000 copies in the United States.[11]

The album's two singles, "When I'm Gone" and "Shake That", peaked at numbers 8 and 6 respectively in the US Billboard Hot 100. Only "When I'm Gone" qualified for the charts in the UK, where it peaked at #4.

Clean version[edit]

A censored version of the album is also available. It features 15 tracks instead of 17 with "Intro" and "Fack" removed and "My Name Is" put to track one. The tracks appear exactly how they appeared on the clean versions of their respective albums except for the song "Guilty Conscience", which adds a chorus. Certain profanities remain on several tracks, as words including "shit", "bitch", and "ass" were not censored on The Slim Shady LP or The Marshall Mathers LP. However, on "Just Lose It", the clean version leaves "ass" uncensored, while on the album Encore, the word "ass" was replaced with "thing".

Track listing[edit]

Explicit version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Curtain Call)" (skit, not included on censored version) (previously unreleased)     0:34
2. "Fack" (not included on censored version) (previously unreleased) Marshall Mathers, Luis Resto, Steve King Eminem, Resto (add) 3:26
3. "The Way I Am" (from The Marshall Mathers LP) Mathers Eminem 4:51
4. "My Name Is" (from The Slim Shady LP) Mathers, Andre Young Dr. Dre 4:29
5. "Stan" (featuring Dido) (from The Marshall Mathers LP) Mathers, Dido Armstrong, Paul Herman The 45 King, Eminem (co) 6:44
6. "Lose Yourself" (from 8 Mile) Mathers, Jeff Bass, Resto Eminem, Bass (add) 4:52
7. "Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) (previously unreleased) Mathers, Resto, King, Nathaniel Hale Eminem, Resto (add) 4:32
8. "Sing for the Moment" (from The Eminem Show) Steven Tyler, Mathers, Bass, Resto, King Eminem, Bass (co) 5:29
9. "Without Me" (from The Eminem Show) Mathers, Kevin Bell, Bass, Malcolm McLaren, Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn Eminem, Bass (co), DJ Head (add) 5:00
10. "Like Toy Soldiers" (from Encore) Mathers, Resto, Marta Dawson, Michael Jay Margules Eminem, Resto (add) 5:24
11. "The Real Slim Shady" (from The Marshall Mathers LP) Mathers, Young, Mike Elizondo, Tommy Coster Dr. Dre, Mel-Man 4:45
12. "Mockingbird" (from Encore) Mathers, Resto Eminem, Resto (add) 4:11
13. "Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) (from The Slim Shady LP) Mathers, Young Dr. Dre, Eminem 3:20
14. "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (from The Eminem Show) Mathers, Bass Eminem, Bass 5:12
15. "Just Lose It" (from Encore) Mathers, Young, Elizondo, Mark Batson, Chris Pope Dr. Dre, Elizondo 4:09
16. "When I'm Gone" (Outro) (previously unreleased) Eminem, Resto Eminem, Resto (add) 4:41
17. "Stan (Live)" (featuring Elton John) (previously unreleased, bonus track) Mathers, Armstrong, Herman The Recording Academy 6:20
Clean version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "My Name Is"   Mathers Eminem 4:51
2. "The Way I Am"   Mathers, Andre Young Dr. Dre 4:29
3. "Stan" (featuring Dido) Mathers, Dido Armstrong, Paul Herman The 45 King, Eminem (co) 6:44
4. "Lose Yourself"   Mathers, Jeff Bass, Resto Eminem, Bass (add) 4:52
5. "Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) (previously unreleased) Mathers, Resto, King, Nathaniel Hale Eminem, Resto (add) 4:32
6. "Sing for the Moment"   Steven Tyler, Mathers, Bass, Resto, King Eminem, Bass (co) 5:29
7. "Without Me"   Mathers, Kevin Bell, Bass, Malcolm McLaren, Anne Dudley, Trevor Horn Eminem, Bass (co), DJ Head (add) 5:00
8. "Like Toy Soldiers"   Mathers, Resto, Marta Dawson, Michael Jay Margules Eminem, Resto (add) 5:24
9. "The Real Slim Shady"   Mathers, Young, Mike Elizondo, Tommy Coster Dr. Dre, Mel-Man 4:45
10. "Mockingbird"   Mathers, Resto Eminem, Resto (add) 4:11
11. "Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) Mathers, Young Dr. Dre, Eminem 3:20
12. "Cleanin' Out My Closet"   Mathers, Bass Eminem, Bass 5:12
13. "Just Lose It"   Mathers, Young, Elizondo, Mark Batson, Chris Pope Dr. Dre, Elizondo 4:09
14. "When I'm Gone" (Outro) (previously unreleased) Eminem, Resto Eminem, Resto (add) 4:41
15. "Stan (Live)" (featuring Elton John) (previously unreleased, bonus track) Mathers, Armstrong, Herman The Recording Academy 6:20

Personnel[edit]

  • Jeff Bass – Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
  • Karin Catt – Photography
  • Larry Chatman – Project Coordinator
  • Lindsay Collins – Studio Coordinator
  • Tom Coster, Jr. – Keyboards
  • DJ Head – Drum Programming
  • Dr. Dre – Producer, Mixing
  • Eminem – Producer, Executive Producer, Drum Programming, Mixing
  • The 45 King & Louie – Producer
  • Marti Frederiksen – Engineer
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardener – Mastering
  • Scott Hays – Assistant Engineer
  • Richard "Segal" Herredia – Engineer
  • Mauricio Iragorri – Engineer
  • Ben Jost – Assistant Engineer
  • Rouble Kapoor – Assistant Engineer
  • Steven King – Bass, Guitar, Engineer, Mixing
  • Anthony Mandler – Photography
  • Jonathan Mannion – Photography
  • Joe Perry Project – Solo Instrumental
  • Kirdis Postelle – Project Coordinator
  • Luis Resto – Keyboards, Programming, Producer
  • Tom Rounds – Assistant Engineer
  • Les Scurry – Production Coordination
  • Mike Sroka – Assistant Engineer
  • Urban Kris – Assistant Engineer
  • Nitin Vadukul – Photography

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2005 Australia ARIA Albums Chart[12] 1
2005 Ireland IRMA Album Charts[13] 1
2005 UK Albums Chart 1
2005 US Billboard 200[14] 1
2006 Australia ARIA Albums Chart[12] 1
2006 Greek Albums Chart[15] 7
2006 Norway Albums Chart "VG-Lista"[16] 2
2006 Polish Albums Chart[17] 35
2010 US Billboard 200[14] 1

Year end charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2006 US Billboard 200[18] 6

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart peak positions
US Hot 100
[19]
US R&B/Hip-Hop
[20]
US Rap
[21]
US Top 40 Mainstream
[22]
US Rhythmic Top 40 US Pop 100 UK
[23]
2005 "When I'm Gone" 8 96 22 13 18 7 4
2006 "Shake That" 6 11 13 8 6
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released

Certifications[edit]

Country Certifications
Argentina[24] Gold
Australia (ARIA)[25] 6× Platinum
Austria (IFPI)[26] Gold
Brazil (ABPD)[27] Gold
Canada (CRIA)[citation needed] 4× Platinum
Denmark (IFPI)[28] Platinum
Europe (IFPI)[29] 2× Platinum
France (SNEP)[30] 2× Gold
Greece (IFPI Greece)[15] Gold
Hong Kong[31] Gold
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 7× Platinum
Italy (FIMI)[33] Gold
Japan (RIAJ)[34] 2×Platinum
Korea[citation needed] Platinum
New Zealand (RIANZ)[35] 5× Platinum
Sweden (IFPI Sweden)[36] Gold
Switzerland (IFPI)[37] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] 5× Platinum
United States (RIAA)[10] 3× Platinum

Procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Now 20 by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 18, 2005 – December 31, 2005
Succeeded by
The Breakthrough by Mary J. Blige
Preceded by
Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna
UK number one album
December 3, 2005 – January 7, 2006
Succeeded by
First Impressions of Earth by The Strokes
Preceded by
Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
December 12, 2005 – December 18, 2005
January 2, 2006 – January 8, 2006
Succeeded by
Reach Out: The Motown Record
by Human Nature

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