Shady Records is an American record label founded in 1999 by rapper Eminem and his manager Paul Rosenberg after the highly successful release of Eminem's second studio album The Slim Shady LP (1999). Both serve as the label's presidents.
Since its formation, Shady Records has signed ten acts and is currently home to five. It has also been part of the business venture in Shade 45 radio station via Sirius Satellite Radio, and had its own dedicated special edition magazine via XXL magazine. Tough times were seen when its record co-founder, Eminem, along with the artists were involved in very public feuds with one-time former affiliate Royce da 5'9", record label Murder Inc. and The Source magazine. The label has also seen positive times when being part of the successful international Anger Management tours and, in 2006, released an album showcasing its then-roster on Eminem Presents: The Re-Up. It was also the label to be contracted for putting together the soundtrack to the Eminem-starring film 8 Mile, which had the lead single "Lose Yourself". The song went on to take the first ever Academy Award for Best Original Song given to a song in the hip hop genre.
The label's acts over the years have earned RIAA certifications of gold or higher on 11 of its 16 released albums (excluding Eminem's solo releases). Signed acts include Eminem, D12, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Bad Meets Evil, while former acts include Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Bobby Creekwater, Cashis and 50 Cent.