That turned out to be only partially true.
"Relapse," the Detroit rapper's first original studio album in more than four years, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in May and eventually went platinum.
The plan then was to release a follow-up disc, entitled "Relapse 2," in the second half of the year.
Instead, Eminem and Interscope Records announced Thursday that "Relapse 2" will drop in 2010, and a CD called "Relapse: Refill" will come out on Dec. 21.
The "Refill" album is a rerelease of "Relapse" and includes seven bonus tracks.