By Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 14, 2010 at 07:35 PM EDT

Right around the time that Eminem returned from his extended hiatus with last May’s Relapse, he started dropping hints about an album called Relapse 2, which was allegedly set for release by the end of 2009. Anticipation for the sequel has continued to build since then despite repeated delays. As recently as a couple of weeks ago, producer Just Blaze, who’s working on the project, told MTV News Relapse 2 was “definitely going to be up there with the best of [Em’s] albums, for sure.” Late last night, though, Eminem seemed to deflate the hype with a succinct tweet: “There is no Relapse 2.” Say what?

Turns out he was just talking about the name. Eminem’s label confirms that his next album will arrive in stores June 22 under the new title Recovery. “As I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album,” Shady told Rap Radar today. “The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title.” A press release mentions producers including DJ Khalil, Jim Jonsin, and Boi-1da as well as Just Blaze.

Sounds intriguing. Are you looking forward to Relapse 2 Recovery? What kind of sounds and themes do you hope Em has in store for us?

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