Sia to donate Eminem royalties to gay charity following homophobia backlash

Songwriter contributed 'Beautiful Pain' to 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2'

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Singer-songwriter Sia has said that she will donate the money she makes from her contribution to Eminem's new album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' to an LGBT charity.

Eminem was forced to defend the use of homophobic words on his new album earlier this week, saying he has "no issue" with gay people. The rapper has been criticised for use of the word "faggot" in some tracks on the album, including 'Rap God' which was previewed prior to the album's release. However, the Detroit rapper claims that his use of the word is not rooted in homophobia.

Speaking to Huffington Post, Sia, who helped write the song 'Beautiful Pain' on Eminem's new album, will donate her proceeds from the sale of the album to homeless LGBT youth at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Centre. Sia reportedly told the publication that "she was under the impression that Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady was performance art, and a thing of the past, asserting that she does not believe that Eminem is actually homophobic".

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Meanwhile, Official Chart Company data reveals that Eminem's eighth studio album is already one of the fastest-selling albums of the year, shifting 73,000 copies since it went on sale on November 5. Daft Punk’s 'Random Access Memories' is currently 2013’s fastest-selling artist album, shifting more than 165,000 copies during its first week on sale back in May. The final chart will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 this Sunday (November 10).

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