Eminem beats Lady Gaga and Rihanna in race to secure 60 million Facebook fans

Rapper passed the online milestone earlier this week

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Eminem has become the first musician to secure over 60 million fans on Facebook, beating Lady Gaga and Rihanna to the record.

The rapper, who announced recently that he has begun work on his new studio album, now has 60,093,667 on the social networking giant, more than any other musician.

Eminem has long been the most popular person on the social networking site, taking the honour from Michael Jackson way back in 2009. Rihanna, however, is narrowly approaching 60 million fans herself, with a current total of 59,318,829 likes.

Eminem recently confirmed that he has begun work on his new album and that regular producer Dr Dre will definitely "be involved".
The rapper released his seventh studio album 'Recovery' in 2010 and earlier this year postponed filming his second lead role in new movie Southpaw to focus on his new record.

Speaking about his progress, Eminem said: "I'm not that far along in the process as far as like figuring out. Of course Dr Dre will be involved. I don't have anything with him yet. What I usually do is I'll get going you know and kind of start going in a certain direction or whatever, and just record what I'm feeling or whatever. I get a few songs, and then I get kind of a direction, and then I'll go see Dre and fill in some of those pieces."

He continued: "You know, Dre will listen and I'll see what he thinks I'm missing or you know I might come to him and say 'I think I'm missing this kind of record' or 'what if I went in this direction' or whatever."

Eminem's most recent recorded output was a collaboration with rapper Royce da 5'9' under the name Bad Meets Evil. They released their debut EP 'Hell: The Sequel' last year.

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