Curtain Call: The Hits

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Curtain Call: The Hits
Curtain Call cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedDecember 6, 2005
Recorded1998-2005
Genre
Length1:17:55
Label
Producer
Eminem chronology
Encore
(2004)
Curtain Call: The Hits
(2005)
Relapse
(2009)
Singles from Curtain Call: The Hits
  1. "When I'm Gone"
    Released: December 6, 2005
  2. "Shake That"
    Released: January 17, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2][3]
Entertainment.ie4/5 stars[9]
IGN3.5/5 stars[5]
NME4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork3.5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[7]

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

The album was certified septuple platinum in the United States and quintuple platinum in New Zealand. It reached number one on several charts, including the US Billboard 200 and UK Albums Chart.

Chart performance[edit]

Curtain Call: The Hits debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200, 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. As of November 2013, the record had sold 3,782,000 copies in the United States.[10] Curtain Call was later certified septuple-platinum by the RIAA 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.

In August 2017, the album was declared the longest-running rap LP in the history of the Billboard 200.[12]

Clean version[edit]

A clean version of the album is also available. It has 15 tracks with both "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.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro (Curtain Call)" (skit; previously unreleased)  0:34
2."FACK" (previously unreleased)3:25
3."The Way I Am" (from The Marshall Mathers LP)MathersEminem4:50
4."My Name Is" (from The Slim Shady LP)Dr. Dre4:28
5."Stan" (featuring Dido) (from The Marshall Mathers LP)
6:43
6."Lose Yourself" (from 8 Mile)
5:26
7."Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) (previously unreleased)
4:33
8."Sing for the Moment" (from The Eminem Show)
5:40
9."Without Me" (from The Eminem Show)
4:50
10."Like Toy Soldiers" (from Encore)
4:56
11."The Real Slim Shady" (from The Marshall Mathers LP)Dr. Dre4:44
12."Mockingbird" (from Encore)
  • Mathers
  • Resto
4:11
13."Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) (from The Slim Shady LP)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem[b]
3:19
14."Cleanin' Out My Closet" (from The Eminem Show)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • Eminem
  • Bass
4:57
15."Just Lose It" (from Encore)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo
4:09
16."When I'm Gone" (previously unreleased)
  • Eminem
  • Resto
4:41
17."Stan (Live)" (featuring Elton John) (previously unreleased version, bonus track)
  • Mathers
  • Armstrong
  • Herman
The Recording Academy6:17

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 13
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[18] 32
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[19] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[20] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 7
Greek Albums (IFPI)[23] 7
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[24] 24
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[26] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[27] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[28] 2
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[29] 27
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[30] 35
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 48
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 6
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[34] 1
US Billboard 200[35] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart peak positions
US Hot 100
[71]
US R&B/Hip-Hop
[72]
US Rap
[73]
US Top 40 Mainstream
[74]
US Rhythmic Top 40 US Pop 100 UK
[75]
2005 "When I'm Gone" 8 96 22 13 18 7 4
2006 "Shake That" 6 11 13 8 6 90
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not released

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[76] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[77] Gold 15,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[78] Gold 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[79] 6× Platinum 120,000^
France (SNEP)[80] 2× Gold 200,000*
Greece (IFPI Greece)[81] Gold 10,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[82] Gold 10,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[83] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Italy (FIMI)[84] Platinum 80,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[85] 2× Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[86] 5× Platinum 75,000^
South Africa (RISA)[87] Gold N/A
Sweden (GLF)[88] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[89] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[91] 7× Platinum 2,100,000[90]
United States (RIAA)[11] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[92] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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