Eminem is set to play London's Wembley Stadium this summer.

The 'Lose Yourself' rapper is returning to the UK for the first time since 2001 and has chosen to perform at the massive venue on July 11 after his original Hyde Park show wasn't given the royal seal of approval.

He announced the news on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show yesterday evening (06.05.14), saying: ''I heard that I wasn't going to be approved to play in Hyde Park and it made me even more excited to play in London this summer.

''The easiest way to get me to do something is to tell me I can't do it. Thanks to the Royal Parks for making it all possible... for Wembley.''

Eminem will be the first rapper ever to headline the venue and his next single 'Headlights' from his latest album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', is going to be released to coincide with the show.

The star is also doing a mini US stadium tour with Rihanna this summer, 'The Monster', which will take them to LA, New Jersey and Detroit.

He explained that he prefers to perform big one-off gigs these days rather than spending months on the road.

Eminem added: ''I'm not saying I'll never be ready for that again, but right now, this is what's working for me.''

Tickets for the Wembley show go on sale this Friday May 9 at 9am.