To fulfill his promise to fans, Eminem released a remix album before the end of 2009. Because the music was a year old, Em decided against using the old music for Relpase 2. His label decided they had enough of Eminem relapsing. Eminem soon decided he should recover. He scrapped early this year to put together the Recovery album.
In April, Eminem released the first single, "Not Afraid," from the album. The video followed last month and Eminem was excited about the release of his album. Like many other rappers in the game, Eminem was suffering from his album being frequently pushed back. But, once the fans began to like his single, the label settled on a June 15 release date. To avoid going the same week as Drake, he was pushed back one week, then Drake's album leaked.
Eminem spoke on the leak and said he felt bad Drake's album was leaked. However, Em felt it would not hurt the sales of the record. Still, he was glad his album did not end up leaking. Not long before he could even get the statement out, Recovery was leaked on the internet. With nothing he can do now, Eminem is cutting back on the time between his album release date. His sales will obviously be hurt because of the leak, so he cannot afford to release his album the same day as Drake. But, what Eminem can do is move the release up one day and he has decided to do this.
Instead of being released on June 22, 2010, Eminem has decided to release Recovery on June 21, 2010 through Shady Records and Interscope Records.