Eminem struggled to perform sober after quitting drugs and alcohol.
The 41-year-old rapper - who was hospitalized after a suspected methadone overdose in 2007 - sought the help of a rehab counselor in April 2008 and admitted his heavy drinking and substance abuse left him confused about how to "connect" with an audience.
"I was so trapped in my own head. I think that back then it was so big in my head, it was like, 'f**k man' let me take this and drink this and get through it as opposed to going out there and actually being able to see the people and connect with the crowd and have fun with it," he said, speaking to Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1.
However, the "Berzerk" star eventually adapted to his sober state and was able to perform to audiences that he could "actually see."
Lady Gaga has topped the UK charts with her album ARTPOP.
The "Applause" singer scored yet another number one with her latest release, following her previous works The Fame and Born This Way which all took the top spot.
Gaga's success means she has pushed back Eminem's comeback effort Marshall Mather's LP 2 into second place after the album's second single "Monster" featuring Rihanna landed a number one earlier this month. According to the Official Charts Company, the 27-year-old singer also beat off stiff competition from Celine Dion, whose Loved Me Back To Life sits at number three while Little Mix second studio album Salute entered the charts at number four.
Meanwhile, Martin Garrix topped the singles chart with his debut "Animals." The 17 year old Dutch DJ beat out Lily Allen, whose cover of Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" - featured in John Lewis' Christmas ad - came in at Number Two. The original version of the song also re-entered the chart at Number 29.
Eminem threatened to urinate in his interview.
The "Bezerk" rapper said he wanted to "pee on the floor" during a short teaser posted online ahead of his chat with BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe on Monday during which he insists on upstaging fellow rapper Kanye West's controversial interview with the host. Eminem figured the action would top the publicity generated after Kanye declared himself as "a God" when being quizzed by Zane last month, which later resulted in a spat between the "New Slaves" rapper and Jimmy Kimmel after the talk show host spoofed the interview.
"I was trying to figure out how I was going to top the publicity of yours and Kanye's interview. So I decided I was going to walk in here, pee on the floor and leave. I'm peeing right now. See you guys later," Eminem joked.
Eminem was among the big winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards last night, while Miley Cyrus caused controversy yet again.
The 41-year-old rapper won the Best Hip Hop and Global Icon prizes at the ceremony at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam - making him the artist with the most EMAs ever - and he celebrated his victory with a surprise performance of "Bezerk" before a scintillating rendition of "Rap God."
Miley ensured she remained in the spotlight by sparking up what appeared to be a joint on-stage and then smoking it with Will Ferrell, who was at the awards as his Anchorman alter-ego Ron Burgundy, before accepting her Best Video prize for "Wrecking Ball." The blonde star told the crowd, "I couldn't fit this award in my bag but I did find this..."
One Direction also won two accolades, Best Pop and Best UK & Ireland Act, and the band's 19-year-old hunk Harry Styles was named Best Look - beating the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Rita Ora to the gong - however none of the boy band were at the ceremony to pick up their prizes.
Eminem will be appearing at the MTV Europe Music Awards tomorrow.
The rapper has been confirmed to attend the awards ceremony held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he is due to be presented with the Global Icon Award. The "Lose Yourself" hitmaker - who is also rumored to be performing - follows in the footsteps of music legends including Bon Jovi, Queen and Whitney Houston. "A lot of thought goes into who could possibly be appropriate. This man, has sold over 80 million records. I think everyone agrees, Eminem is one of the most creative and unique artists of our time," said Bruce Gilmer from MTV.
Acts already confirmed to take to the stage include Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Katy Perry and Kings of Leon.
Meanwhile, this year's EMAs host Red Foo from LMFAO has been getting to know host city Amsterdam ahead of tomorrow's show. "Amsterdam is incredible, and the women are incredible here becuase they all ride bikes and they are fit and it is lovely, and the bikes are serious here. You see ones with, like three baby seats on them. And then coffeeshops! I saw Afrojack in one last night and we had some, y'know, coffee," he said.
Eminem was crowned Artist of the Year at the YouTube awards.
The 41-year-old rapper walked away with the gong at the ceremony held in New York City Sunday night, while Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" won the YouTube Phenomenon award. The Video of the Year award went to the South Korean girl band Girls' Generation for their song, "I Got A Boy," while DeStorm Power received the Innovation of the Year prize. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis received the Breakthrough of the Year gong for their new anthem "Same Love."
Jason Schwartzman and musician Reggie Watts were presiding the first ever YouTube ceremony, which featured artists such as Lady Gaga and M.I.A making live music videos directed by the awards' creator Spike Jonze. The event, which was streamed live on the video sharing website, saw Lady Gaga perform her new single "Dope" for the first time.
Nominees were selected by the amount of YouTube views, likes, comments and subscription figures for different artists.
Lady Gaga will headline the first ever YouTube Music Awards.
The "Bad Romance" hitmaker will join Arcade Fire and Eminem on November 3 at the inaugural event which will honor artists who have shared their work through the popular video-sharing website.
"It's our chance to really celebrate the artists and the songs that have become hits on YouTube over the past year," said YouTube's vice president of marketing Danielle Tiedt.
There will be a number of performances taking place across the globe - including Seoul, Moscow, London and Brazil - before a live 90-minute show which will be streamed from Pier 36 in Manhattan, New York City.
Director Spike Jonze - who has worked on videos for a host of top artists including Weezer, P. Daddy, the Chemical Brothers, Bjork and R.E.M. - has been cast as creative director for the production and is looking forward to working with the talent. "Instead of bands performing to an audience on a stage, we're going to have a warehouse with all these different sets and try to make live music videos throughout the night. The idea is let's get a bunch of interesting artists together and have a night that's all about making things," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
Celine Dion wants to record a track with Eminem. The "Think Twice" singer would love to collaborate with the rapper - famed for his controversial and often violent lyrics - to give her more "street cred."
When asked if she'd collaborate with Eminem by AccessHollywood.com, she replied, "I'd love to." The vocalist - famed for her ballads - also talked about getting the seal of approval from her son Rene-Charles, 12, after he found out she'd worked with Sia Furler - who has penned hits including "Titanium" with David Guetta and "Diamonds" for Rihanna - on her new album. "When I told [Rene] I was getting ready to do another album and that there's a new song called 'Loved Me Back to Life' and it was Sia who actually wrote it for me, he said, 'No way.' He couldn't believe it because I'm not cool, and I'm not Rihanna," she explained.
Eminem samples Beastie Boys on his new single, "Berzerk." The rapper has unveiled the Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin produced track as the first proper single from his upcoming The Marshall Mathers LP II.
The upbeat song has a number of musical references to old school 80s hip-hop, including the pounding drumbeats and crunchy guitars which are Rick's signature style. The song samples both Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right To Party" and Billy Squier's "The Stroke."
In the track Eminem references his alter ego, Slim Shady, and older hip-hop artists rapping, "Let's bring it back to that vintage Slim, bitch / The art of the MCing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren / And I don't mean Stimpy's friend, bitch / Been Public Enemy since you thought PE was gym, bitch."
The Marshall Mathers LP II is the sequel to Eminem's third album, released in 2000, which is his most successful to date. Eminem - whose real name is Marshall Mathers - had previously been quiet about his comeback, which his friend and Slaughterhouse collaborator, Royce Da 5' 9'', suggested was to retain an air of mystery.
Eminem wants to surprise fans with his new album.
Slaughterhouse members Royce Da 5' 9'' and Joell Ortiz - who are signed to the rapper's own Shady Records label - believe the "Not Afraid" hitmaker is deliberately keeping quiet about his upcoming eighth album because he doesn't want to give anything away until he's completed the final edit.
"Em's whole thing is the element of surprise. That's how it's always been with him," Royce said.
"He gets in to his own world. I too am like him in a way. I like to go in to my cave and get the meat and potatoes of my album done before I venture out because I've gotta figure out the sound. So I'm sure that's probably what he's doing," Joel added.
The 40-year-old superstar has yet to announce a release date or a title for the hotly-anticipated record, but photographs of him in the recording studio with comedian Chris Rock and rappers Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar have surfaced.
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