According to Billboard Nearly 15 years after the No. 62-peaking “Just Don’t Give a F***” introduced Eminem to Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the Detroit rapper posts his first No. 1 on the list.
“The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, opens at No. 1 as it exploded across all three of the chart’s metrics in its first week of availability. According to Nielsen BDS, the cut reached 36.6 million listeners in the Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 tracking week and earned 2.3 million U.S. streams Oct. 28 - Nov. 3. Digitally, it sold 327,000 first-week downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough for a No. 1 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs and Rap Digital Songs
Notably, of Eminem’s so far eight top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, five of them came since the tally revised its methodology in October of 2012. Since then, the chart now incorporates digital sales and streaming data, in addition to monitored airplay. Previous to the revision, Eminem’s singles generally charted much lower on the chart, as the tally was overwhelmingly powered by airplay. In turn, because Eminem’s history at R&B/hip-hop radio is relatively weak, his fortunes on the overall Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart were diminished. In total, Eminem has charted 42 entries on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, stretching back to his 1998 debut with “Just Don’t Give a F***.”
Eminem’s ‘MMLP2’ Set for No. 1 With 750K, Celine Dion Heading for No. 2
As reported earlier, Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” album is unstoppable, as it will easily debut at No. 1 next week’s Billboard 200 with the second-largest sales week of the year. Industry sources say the set could sell around 750,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 10.The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, Nov. 13.Currently, the year’s second-biggest week is owned by Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same,” which entered at No. 1 with 658,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” will continue to own 2013’s biggest week, as it opened with 968,000 at No. 1 back in March.If “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” sells between 725,000 and 750,000, it will instantly become one of the year’s top 15-selling albums. At the present, the No. 15 seller is the “Pitch Perfect” soundtrack, which has moved 721,000 in 2013.
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