Eminem has four songs in the top 20 on this week's Hot 100. "The Monster" (featuring Rihanna) debuts at #3 and previous releases "Berzerk," "Survival" and "Rap God" rebound to #15, #16 and #17, respectively. The sales spikes for those three songs are partly due to fans pre-ordering Eminem's album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. (With the pre-purchase of the album, Eminem's four current chart hits are delivered automatically.) The album is set to enter The Billboard 200 at #1 next week with first-week sales north of 700K.
Billboard's Gary Trust reports that Eminem is the first artist to have four songs in the top 20 simultaneously, as a lead artist, since the Beatles achieved the feat in May 1964 with "Love Me Do," "Do You Want To Know A Secret," "Can't Buy Me Love" and "Twist And Shout." (Impressively, the Fab Four did it without benefit of an iTunes marketing ploy.)
(Since 2005, 50 Cent, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and Ludacris all had four hits in the top 20 simultaneously, but that counts hits on which they had featured billing.)
"The Monster" is the third song from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 to reach the top 10. "Berzerk" debuted and peaked at #3 nine weeks ago. "Rap God" debuted and peaked at #7 two weeks ago. is Eminem's first studio album to contain more than two top 10 hits.
"The Monster" is Eminem's eighth single to enter the Hot 100 inside the top 10. Only Taylor Swift has had more. The country-pop superstar has had 11 singles that entered the Hot 100 inside the top 10.
"The Monster" is Eminem's 17th top 10 hit; Rihanna's 25th. It's their second collabo to reach the top 10. "Love The Way You Lie" spent seven weeks on top in 2010. It went on to receive Grammy nominations for Record and Song of the Year.
Rihanna and Eminem are becoming collabo BFFs, but they have each reached the had multiple top 10 hits with other partners. Rihanna has had two top 10 hits with two other duet partners. She and Jay-Z teamed for "Umbrella" (#1) and "Run This Town" (#2, which also featured Kanye West). She and Drake teamed for "What's My Name?" (#1) and "Take Care" (#7). Eminem has teamed with Dr. Dre for two top 10 hits: "Crack A Bottle" (which also featured 50 Cent) and "I Need A Doctor" (which also featured Skylar Grey).
This marks the first time in eight weeks that a male (lead or featured) artist has appeared on a top three hit. This makes Eminem the Sugar Ray of 2013. Sugar Ray's "Every Morning" busted up a 10-week lock on the top three by female artists when it rose to #3 in April 1999.
In addition, "The Monster" enters Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #1. It's Eminem's first #1 on that chart; Rihanna's third. Eminem had previously climbed as high as #2 with Drake's "Forever" (on which he was featured, along with Kanye West and Lil Wayne), "Berserk" and "Rap God." Rihanna's previous #1 hits on this chart were "Take A Bow" and "Diamonds."
"The Monster" sold 373K copies in its first week. This is Eminem's biggest one-week sales tally for song since "Not Afraid" sold 379K copies in its first week in May 2010.
Each of Eminem's three earlier hits from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 sold between 120K and 140K copies this week. "Survival" (#6 on Hot Digital Songs) sold 140K. "Rap God" (#8) sold 131K. "Berzerk" (#11) sold 120K.
"The Monster" enters the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart at #1. This surpasses "Love The Way You Lie," which peaked at #2 in the U.K. This is the eighth in the U.K. for both Eminem and Rihanna. This is the seventh consecutive year in which Rihanna has had a U.K. #1, which allows her to tie Elvis and the Beatles for the longest run of consecutive years with a #1 hit. Elvis scored every year from 1957 through 1963. The Beatles scored every year from 1963 through 1969.
Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #1 for the sixth week. "Royals" also tops the 3 million mark in U.S. digital sales this week. It's the 11th song to sell 3 million digital copies in 2013. Lorde's album, Pure Heroine, has sold 314K copies in its first five weeks.
Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" dips from #4 to #5. The song holds at #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the ninth week.
One Direction's "Story Of My Life" debuts at #6. It's the boy band's fourth top 10 hit, following “What Makes You Beautiful” (#4), “Live While We’re Young” (#3) and "Best Song Ever" (#2). 1D is the first boy band to amass four top 10 hits since *NSYNC piled up six top 10 hits from 1999 to 2002.
"Story Of My Life" sold 305K copies in its first week. "Live While We're Young" sold 341K. "Best Song Ever" sold 322K. The group's fan base isn't broad, but it is devoted.
"Story Of My Life" is from the group's third album, Midnight Memories, which is due Nov. 25. The song has the poignant and melodic pop appeal of Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah" or, to go back a ways, Mike + the Mechanics' "The Living Years." Both of those songs hit #1. In less PC times, they used to call songs like this "housewife rock."
Marty Robbins had a #15 hit in January 1958 with a song called "The Story Of My Life." It was the first major hit for the incomparable songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David.
And, yes, this is the first time that One Direction and OneRepublic have been in the top 10 at the same time. I'm rooting for a quick comeback by One Way, a top R&B group of the mid-1980s.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #1 for the sixth week in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (196K)…Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" rebounds from #3 to #2 in its 11th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #10 (123K)…"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna debuts at #3. It's his 17th top 10 hit; her 25th. Digital sales rank: #1 (373K)…Katy Perry’s "Roar" drops from #2 to #4 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 12th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (141K)… Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" dips from #4 to #5 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (140K).
The Second Five: One Direction's "Story Of My Life" debuts at #6. It's their fourth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #2 (305K)…"Hold On, We’re Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan drops from #5 to #7 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #16 (85K)…Imagine Dragons' "Demons" jumps from #9 to #8 in its 28th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (98K)…OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" dips from #8 to #9 in its 20th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (131K)…Lady Gaga’s "Applause" drops from #7 to #10 in its 12th week on the chart. The song climbed as high as #4. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #18 (77K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week. "Holy Grail" by Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake drops from #6 to #11, ending a 16-week run in the top 10. Ylvis' "The Fox" dives from #10 to #29, ending a five-week run in the top 10.
Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #17 to #12 in its 14th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week. Digital sales rank: #7 (139K)…"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha leaps from #35 to #20 in its fourth week…Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" jumps from #30 to #25 in its second week…Luke Bryan's "That's My Kind Of Night" drops from #18 to #27 in its 12th week. The song logs its 12th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs.
Lady Gaga's "Venus" debuts at #32. It's a promotional single from Gaga's third full-length album, Artpop, which is due Nov. 11…The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather" jumps from #42 to #33 in its 21st week…Justin Timberlake's "TKO" jumps from #53 to #37 in its seventh week. The song has now climbed higher than Teddy Pendergrass' "Love T.K.O.," which stalled at #44 in the week ending January 24, 1981 (one week before Timberlake was born!)…Jason Derulo's "Marry Me" jumps from #52 to #40 in its fifth week.
Justin Bieber's "Recovery" debuts at #41. It's Bieber's latest single of the week. Let's see how this is going. "Heartbreaker" debuted at #77 and peaked at #13. "All That Matters" debuted and peaked at #24. "Hold Tight" debuted and peaked at #29. Now this song is debuting (and presumably peaking) at #41. I think one smash like "Boyfriend" is worth more than 10 middling hits. But it was worth a try.
Michael Jackson's "Thriller" re-enters the chart at #42, due to its annual digital and radio resurgence linked to Halloween. The song sold 35K digital copies this past week, bringing its grand total to 3,472,000. (No other Halloween perennials made this week's Hot 100. "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers was the week's #2 Halloween-themed seller, with 28K in sales.)
"White Walls" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring ScHoolboy Q & Hollis jumps from #56 to #49 in its seventh week…"Stay The Night" by Zedd featuring Hayley Williams jumps from #58 to #51 in its seventh week. This matches its highest ranking to date…Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" jumps from #71 to #62 in its third week…Martin Garrix's "Animals" jumps from #87 to #75 in its seventh week.
Zac Brown Band's "Sweet Annie" jumps from #88 to #80 in its third week. (The title is almost like a mash-up of two John Denver songs from the 1970s: "My Sweet Lady" and "Annie's Song.")
"Rough Water" by Travie McCoy featuring Jason Mraz jumps from #90 to #82 in its second week…Rihanna's "What Now" jumps from #96 to #83 in its second week…Darius Rucker's "Radio" jumps from #98 to #86 in its third week.
"Collard Greens" by ScHoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar re-enters the chart at #92. John Legend's "All Of Me" re-enters the chart at #97. The song has climbed as high as #89…"Right There" by Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean re-enters the chart at #100. The song has climbed as high as #84.
Bruno Mars this week becomes the first male artist to top the 4 million mark in digital sales with four different songs. He achieves the feat as "When I Was Your Man" tops the 4 million mark, a plateau earlier reached by "Just The Way You Are" (5,991,000), "Grenade" (5,701,000) and "Locked Out Of Heaven" (4,366,000). "When I Was Your Man" topped the Hot 100 earlier this year.
I have more good news for Mars: "Treasure" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side" sold 17K digital copies in the first full week following his death. Reed wrote the song, which reached #16 in April 1973. David Bowie produced it. This brings its sales to 534K copies.