Eminem disappeared into obscurity after the release of 2004’s Encore. His fans, however, did not — and they released five years of pent-up demand for the Detroit rapper on “Crack a Bottle,” his new single which just set a new download sales record!

The song, which features guest appearances by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent and has been floating around the web since late ’08, shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with an all-time best of 418,000 downloads sold in its first week, beating the previous record of 335,000 downloads by T.I. and Rihanna’s “Live Your Life.”

“Crack a Bottle” is only the second Hot 100-topping single of Eminem and Dr. Dre’s careers: Em reached No.1 with 2002’s Oscar-winning “Lose Yourself,” while Dre last topped the charts with a guest verse on R&B group Blackstreet’s 1996 hit “No Diggity.”

As of press time, no release date has been set for Eminem’s long-delayed comeback record, Relapse. But FoxNews.com’s Roger Friedman reports that the rapper will drop two albums this fall, the first shortly after Labor Day, and the second, Relapse 2, perhaps in November. His source inside the studio says Eminem’s new work is powerful: “His poetry is like Edgar Allen Poe.”

Relapse is also rumored to feature a collaboration with Elton John.

Meanwhile, there is no word on the status of Eminem’s uncensored hip-hip channel Shade 45, which is featured on Sirius XM satellite radio, in the wake of reports that the company may declare bankruptcy.

Listen to “Crack a Bottle”:


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