Hip-hop legend Eminem has used his Australian tour to break new ground, smashing an attendance record for the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Last year, it was announced that Eminem was set to make his return to Australia in 2019 for his Rapture Tour. His first visit of the country in five years, the tour was in support of his surprise record, Kamikaze, and featured a lineup that included Boogie, Royce da 5’9”, and Adelaide legends the Hilltop Hoods.

After kicking things off in Brisbane last week before moving onto Sydney, Melbourne served as the penultimate leg of the tour. However, the Victorian performance also fell one day after the 20th anniversary of Eminem’s mainstream breakthrough, The Slim Shady LP. Needless to say, things were going to be special.

As it turns out, it was more than just special, the concert set a new attendance record for the MCG, with over 80,000 fans pouring into the venue.

“It is an outstanding achievement for Eminem to break the live concert attendance record at the MCG tonight with a total of 80,708 fans in the audience,” explained President and CEO of TEG Dainty, Paul Dainty.

“Eminem is one of the greatest showmen in the world with a fiercely loyal Australian fan base that continues to grow with each tour. He is no stranger to selling out stadium shows but this new record is just phenomenal.”

Eminem’s record eclipses the 2009 Sound Relief concert, which was held in support of victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.