Chart Watch: Eminem & The Fab Four
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.