By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 21, 2002 12:00 PM
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Interscope Records will release Eminem’s highly anticipated new album, “The Eminem Show,” next Monday, a week ahead of schedule, reports Reuters. The company is blaming the jump on the initial June 4 release date on illegally manufactured copies that already are available to the public. “We’re disappointed that inferior pirated copies of ‘The Eminem Show’ are in circulation,” Max Hole, a marketing director for Interscope’s parent company, France’s Vivendi Universal, told the news service, “which is why we’ve decided to make the legitimate version available sooner than originally planned.” This is the third album for the Detroit-based Grammy winner (real name: Marshall Mathers III), 29, who lambastes Vice President Dick Cheney’s wife, Lynne, 60, on a track called “White America” on the CD. As the lyric goes: “F— you, Miss Cheney! . . . with the freeness of speech this Divided States of Embarrassment will allow you to have.” Mrs. Cheney, who singled out Eminem in congressional testimony two years ago (before her husband was elected vice president) and in several interviews, had “no response to the personal attacks, but she sees this as a larger issue — mainly Mr. Mathers’s repeated glorification of violence against women and gay people,” Natalie Rule, a spokeswoman for the vice president’s wife, told Reuters. “That deserves to be widely condemned.” As for Eminem, “He is reacting to testimony before Congress in September 2000 in which his lyrics were condemned and his right to free speech questioned,” an Interscope spokesman told Reuters. With the advent of the Internet and digital technology, record companies increasingly are having to contend with copy-protection issues.