(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 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.
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).
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."
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.
Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" dips from #4 to #5. The song holds at #1 on Dance/Electronic Songs for the ninth week.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
I have more good news for Mars: "Treasure" tops the 2 million mark in digital sales this week.
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