Curtain Call: The Hits (click for review), the first greatest hits album from rap superstar Eminem, will be issued on December 6, 2005. Released simultaneously will be a two-disc deluxe edition featuring special packaging and a second CD titled "Stan's Mixtape." Along with 13 of Eminem's biggest hits, Curtain Call includes three new songs -- "Fack," "Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) and "When I'm Gone" -- each written and produced by Eminem. In addition, the Curtain Call bonus track marks the album premiere of the controversial Eminem-Elton John live duet of "Stan" from the 2001 Grammy Awards presentation.

"I have some songs that a lot of people like," said Eminem. "I have some songs that only I like. This album is obviously for the 'lot' of people."

Executive produced by the nine-time Grammy winner, Curtain Call boasts all five of Eminem's gold and platinum singles to date, from the platinum, Oscar and two-time Grammy winning "Lose Yourself" (#1 Pop/#2 Rap) from the 8 Mile soundtrack and platinum "Just Lose It" (#6 Pop/#7 Rap) and "Mockingbird" (#11 Pop/#10 Rap) to the gold "Without Me" (#2 Pop/#5 Rap) and "Like Toy Soldiers" (Top 40 Pop). The other Grammy winners included are "My Name Is" (Top 40 Pop/#10 Rap) and "The Real Slim Shady" (#4 Pop/#7 Rap).

Also heard on Curtain Call: The Hits are "The Way I Am" (Top 30 Rap), "Stan" (featuring Dido) (Top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop), "Sing For The Moment" (Top 20 Pop/Rap), "Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) and "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (#4 Pop/#5 Rap).

Curtain Call: The Hits spans contributions from all four of Eminem's major label solo albums: 1999's quadruple platinum The Slim Shady LP, 2000's nine times platinum The Marshall Mathers LP, 2002's eight times platinum The Eminem Show and 2004's Encore, which is almost five times platinum. The three most recent charted #1 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip-Hop, with his major label debut #2 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip-Hop. Each of his first three albums also won the Best Rap Album Grammy (Encore will be eligible for the 2006 presentation). Eminem has to date sold more than 65 million albums.

The "Stan's Mixtape" bonus CD in the two-disc Deluxe Edition finds the main character in "Stan" bringing together his favorite Eminem songs. Among the seven tracks are two from The Slim Shady LP: the #5 Rap "Just Don't Give A F*ck" and the Dr. Dre & Mel Man produced "Role Model." From The Marshall Mathers LP are "Criminal" and the Dr. Dre & Mel Man produced "Kill You." The mixtape also includes two tracks previously unavailable on any Eminem album -- the "Dead Wrong RMX" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.), notably co-produced by P. Diddy; and "Renegade" (featuring Jay-Z), a legendary duet from Jay-Z's classic The Blueprint album. Also included on the bonus CD is "Sh*t On You" (featuring D12), which until now has never been released on CD.

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