Eminem has officially become the highest selling rapper in the past ten years, outselling such names as Jay-Z and Nelly. Beyond rappers, Eminem's combined totals even outnumber The Beatles. In the last decade, Eminem has sold 31,127,000 albums starting in 1999 with "The Slim Shady Lp." The Beatles came in 2nd place with just over 22.5 million albums sold.
Eminem's second album, "The Marshall Mathers LP," has sold more than ten million copies by itself giving it the RIAA diamond certification (gold = 500,000; platinum = 1,000,000; diamond = 10,000,000). Other notable artists on the top selling list of the last 10 years include Nelly at number 7 (21,206,000) and Jay-Z at number 10 with close to 20 million albums scanned (19,379,000).
Note: These sales figures reflect United States sales, not world wide.