"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna jumps to #1 on the Hot 100, displacing Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." "The Monster" is Eminem's fifth #1; Rihanna's 13th. It's their second #1 together: "Love The Way You Lie" logged seven weeks at #1 in 2010.
Since 1955, only four other artists have had 13 or more #1 hits. The Beatles lead with 20, followed by Mariah Carey with 18, Elvis Presley with 17 and Michael Jackson with 13. (Diana Ross joins this list if you combine her six solo hits with 12 she had fronting the Supremes.)
This latest #1 enables Rihanna to push ahead of Madonna, whose tally of #1s has been stuck at 12 since "Music" in September 2000.
In pulling ahead of Madonna, Rihanna also becomes the one-named solo artist with the most #1 hits in chart history. Here are all one-named artists who have had four or more #1s: Rihanna (13), Madonna (12), Usher (nine), Prince (five), Ludacris (five), Beyonce (five), Eminem (five), Nelly (four), Cher (four) and P!nk (four).
For all her success, Rihanna is still just 25 (she will turn 26 on Feb. 20). A few individuals were even younger when they landed their 13th #1 hits. Paul McCartney and George Harrison were both 24 in March 1967 when the Beatles landed their 13th #1, "Penny Lane." Elvis Presley was 25 years and seven months old in August 1960 when he landed his 13th #1, "It's Now Or Never." (The Fine Print: I'm counting the double-sided blockbuster "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog" as one #1.)
Eminem is the first rapper to land five #1 hits as a lead or co-lead artist. "The Monster" follows "Lose Yourself," "Crack A Bottle" (a collabo with Dr. Dre & 50 Cent), "Not Afraid" and the aforementioned "Love The Way You Lie." Ludacris and the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy have also had five #1 hits, but both tallies count featured credits. Puff (a.k.a. Diddy) has been a lead (or co-lead artist) on four of his #1s. Ludacris has been a lead artist on only two of his.
"The Monster" holds at #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the sixth week.
"The Monster" reached #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart on Nov. 9. It's Eminem's second single to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K.; Rihanna's seventh. Eminem's previous transatlantic #1 was the Oscar-winning "Lose Yourself." Rihanna's previous songs to reach #1 in both countries are "Umbrella" (featuring Jay Z), "Take A Bow," "Only Girl (In The World)," "What's My Name?" (featuring Drake), "We Found Love" (featuring Calvin Harris) and "Diamonds."
Only the Beatles had more "transatlantic #1 hits" than Rihanna. They had 13 (and McCartney, Lennon and Harrison each had one more on their own). Elvis Presley is in third place with six. Madonna is next in line with five.
"Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha jumps from #4 to #2. This marks the first time that collabos that pair a male solo artist and a female solo artist have held the top two spots simultaneously since the summer of 2010, when "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg and "Love The Way You Lie" held the top two spots for six straight weeks (switching the lead at the midway point). "Timber" is #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the second straight week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week.
Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" holds at #6 for the second week. The smash reaches the 3 million mark in digital sales this week. It's #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the 14th week.
Katy Perry's "Roar" drops out the top 10 this week, but it tops the 4 million mark in digital sales in its 17th week. That's faster than any other song in digital history. Perry also held the old record: Her 2011 smash "E.T." (featuring Kanye West) topped the 4 million mark in its 18th appearance on Hot Digital Songs.
"Roar" is Perry's seventh song to reach the 4 million mark. That's more than any other artist. Rihanna in second place with five, and that includes two featured credits. (Perry is in the lead position on all seven of her mega-hits.)
Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna jumps from #2 to #1 in its sixth week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (186K)… "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha jumps from #4 to #2 in its ninth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (193K)…OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" jumps from #5 to #3 in its 25th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (146K)…Lorde’s "Royals" dips from #3 to #4 in its 23rd week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (107K)… Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" drops from #1 to #5 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #12 (63K).
The Second Five: Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" holds at #6 for the second week in its 24th week on the chart. This is its 16th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (78K)… Imagine Dragons' "Demons" holds at #7 for the second week in its 33rd week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (94K)… "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera jumps from #10 to #8 in its fifth week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (165K)…Passenger's "Let Her Go" rebounds from #13 to #9 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (107K)…"Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake featuring Majid Jordan rebounds from #11 to #10 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 13th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #24 (44K).
Two songs drop out of the top 10 this week (though both remain in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs). One Direction's "Story Of My Life" drops from #8 to #11. Digital sales rank: #5 (108K)…Katy Perry’s aforementioned "Roar" drops from #9 to #12. Digital sales rank: #10 (68K).
Pentatonix's "The Little Drummer Boy" is the week's top new entry at #13. This matches the peak position of The Harry Simeone Chorale's classic original version of the holiday standard from 1958. The song has also charted for Johnny Cash (#63 in 1959), Jack Halloran Singers (#96 in 1951), Moonlion (#95 in 1975) and, as "Drummer Boy," for Justin Bieber featuring Busta Rhymes (#86 in 2011). In terms of digital sales, Bieber's version is the most popular (214K), followed by the Harry Simeone Chorale (193K) and then a legendary medley by the odd couple of Bing Crosby/David Bowie: "Peace On Earth"/"Little Drummer Boy" (167K). Then: covers by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (154K), Faith Hill (89K) and Josh Groban (80K). Pentatonix's version is from "PTXmas," which leaps from #29 to #7 on The Billboard 200.
Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" jumps from #15 to #14 in its seventh week…The Neighbourhood's "Sweater Weather" jumps from #18 to #15 in its 26th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales…Ellie Goulding's "Burn" jumps from #21 to #16 in its 14th week. The song topped the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart for three weeks over the summer…Macklemore & Ryan Lewis land their fourth top 20 hit of 2013 as "White Walls" (featuring ScHoolboy Q & Hollis) jumps from #22 to #17 in its 12th week.
Mariah Carey's 1994 holiday classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" re-enters the chart at #26…Florida Georgia Line's "Stay" jumps from #30 to #28 in its eighth week. The song holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week…Bastille's "Pompeii" leaps from #38 to #29 in its 17th week…Grammy front-runner Lorde lands her second top 40 hit as "Team" vaults from #57 to #32 in its 11th week...Eminem's "Rap God" rebounds from #48 to #39 in its eighth week. The song has already climbed as high as #7…Luke Bryan's "Drink A Beer" leaps from #49 to #40 in its fifth week…Martin Garrix's "Animals" leaps from #63 to #51 in its 12th week. The song topped the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart for one week in November.
Justin Bieber's "All That Matters" re-enters the chart at #53. The song has climbed as high as #24. Bieber's "Change Me" is the week's second-highest new entry at #59. Both songs are expected to appear on Bieber's compilation album Journals, which is due next week. In between the two Bieber hits, John Legend's "All Of Me" jumps from #72 to #56 in its ninth week.
Here's a shocker: Idina Menzel's original version of "Let It Go" leapfrogs over Demi Lovato's pop cover version. Both versions are featured on the soundtrack to the animated Disney movie Frozen. Menzel's version vaults from #89 to #57. Lovato's jumps from #64 to #58. Both are in their second weeks.
American Authors' "Best Day Of My Life" jumps from #81 to #64 in its fourth week…Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby" jumps from #93 to #70 in its second week…John Newman's "Love Me Again" jumps from #85 to #71 in its third week…Drake's "The Language" jumps from #84 to #72 in its seventh week. The song has climbed as high as #51... Jon Pardi's "Up All Night" jumps from #91 to #74 in its fourth week.
Avicii's "Hey Brother" debuts at #78. "Wake Me Up!" reached #4…Britney Spears' "Perfume" re-enters the chart at #79. The song has climbed as high as #76…"Who You Love" by John Mayer featuring Katy Perry debuts at #80. It's from "Paradise Valley."
Childish Gambino lands his first chart hit as "I. The Crawl" debuts at #86. It's from his sophomore album, "Because The Internet," which is expected to enter The Billboard 200 inside the top 10 next week, with first-week sales in the 80K range.
"Up Down (Do This All Day)" by T-Pain featuring B.o.B jumps from #99 to #87 in its third week…Frankie Ballard's "Helluva Life" debuts at #89.
Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath The Tree" debuts at #92. The song is from "Wrapped In Red," which jumps to #3 on The Billboard 200 this week. Clarkson's TV special airs tonight (Wednesday).
"Old School Love" by Lupe Fiasco featuring Ed Sheeran debuts at #95. It's from his fifth studio album "Tetsuo & Youth," due next year…Tamar Braxton's "All The Way Home" debuts at #96. It's from "Love And War"…Arctic Monkeys' "Do I Wanna Know?" debuts at #99. It's from "AM."