08/01/2012 08:41 am ET

Eminem & Facebook: Rapper Tops Lady Gaga & Rihanna To Reach 60 Million Facebook Fans

Eminem is still the most popular musician on Facebook. It was a tight race, but ultimately, the Detroit rapper bested both Lady Gaga (53 million) and Rihanna (59 million) to reach 60 million Facebook fans.

Eminem has long been the most popular person on the social networking site, after taking the honor away from Michael Jackson in 2009. However, thanks to her Rihanna Navy, Rihanna is fast approaching 60 million fans herself, with approximately of 59.4 million fans.

Eminem's new milestone comes just a few months after announcing his latest solo studio album. "I'm kinda getting into my next record a little bit," the rapper told Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg in May. The album will be his first solo record since 2010's Recovery, and he confirmed that longtime friend and producer Dr. Dre will definitely "be involved".

The rapper-turned-actor even postponed filming "Southpaw" -- originally billed as "8 Mile" with boxers instead of rappers -- to focus on his new record.

Eminem recently collaborated with rapper Royce da 5'9' as new duo named Bad Meets Evil on their debut EP Hell: The Sequel. The EP debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 171,000 in its first week. Hell: The Sequel is only third EP in Billboard history -- after Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies (1994) and Jay-Z and Linkin Park's Collision Course (2004) -- to top the Billboard albums chart.

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