He loves you not, not, not.
That’s what Paul McCartney must be singing after Eminem dropped a surprise album Friday morning to give Macca some unexpected competition for his own previously announced release, “McCartney III.”
Em’s “Music to Be Murdered By — Side B (Deluxe Edition)” is a 16-track sequel to “Music to Be Murdered By,” which also arrived as a surprise last January. The new album features a diss track, “Zeus,” aimed at Snoop Dogg, plus a politically charged nod (and accompanying music video) to the coronavirus pandemic titled “Gnat.”
But with Sir Paul, 78, having already put dibs on this release date, Slim Shady’s bum rush might seem, well, shady to the Beatle. In fact, earlier this week, McCartney talked about how Taylor Swift had the courtesy to move the surprise release of “Evermore” not once but twice out of respect for him.
Speaking on “The Howard Stern Show,” McCartney said he got an email from Swift, 31, telling him that she was initially going to put out “Evermore” on Dec. 11 to coincide with her Dec. 13 birthday. But then she moved it to Dec. 18 when she found out he was also planning to release “McCartney III” on Dec. 11.
Then, when McCartney pushed his release date back a week, Swift pivoted again to avoid conflicting with him and stealing his thunder.
“So, I mean, you know, people do keep out of each other’s way,” McCartney told Stern. “It’s a nice thing to do.”
Well, clearly, Eminem, 48, is not so nice about these things. But what else you can expect from a man who would title an album “Music to Be Murdered By”?