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"The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna tops the Hot 100 for the third week. This brings Rihanna's total of weeks at #1 to 37, which puts her in a tie with Michael Jackson. Only five artists have spent more total weeks at #1 since 1955 than these two stars: Elvis Presley (80), Mariah Carey (79), The Beatles (59), Boyz II Men (50) and Usher (47).

Eminem's total of weeks at #1 is a less spectacular, but still impressive, 24. One song, the Oscar-winning "Lose Yourself," accounts for exactly half of that total.

"The Monster" has now spent more weeks at #1 than "Monster Mash." That Halloween perennial by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers topped the chart for two weeks in October 1962.

"The Monster" is #1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for the eighth week.

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The video for "The Monster" premiered on Dec. 16, which gave it a boost. Its lead over Hot 100 runner-up "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha increased this week, from a 15% difference in total Hot 100 chart points to 17%. If "Timber" winds up peaking at #2, which is starting to seem likely, it won't the first time for either Pitbull or Ke$ha. His first top 10 hit, "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)," stalled at #2 in June 2009. Her "Die Young" peaked at #2 in December 2012.

"Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #4 for the second week. The song holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week.

Lorde's "Royals" holds at #5 for the second week. It's #1 on Hot Rock Songs for the 17th week. In addition, Lorde lands her second top 20 hit as "Team" jumps from #23 to #18 in its 13th week.

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Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #9 to #7. It's the only song in this week's top 10 that managed to move up. The song reached #2 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart.

One Direction's "Story Of My Life" holds at #10 for the second week. The boy band's earlier hit "Best Song Ever" rebounds from #94 to #82 in its 20th week. The song climbed as high as #2.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 songs.

The Top Five: "The Monster" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at #1 for the third week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (193K)… "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha holds at #2 for the third week in its 11th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (213K)…OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" holds at #3 for the third week in its 27th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (168K)… "Say Something" by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera holds at #4 for the second week in its seventh week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #1 (238K)…Lorde’s "Royals" holds at #5 for the second week in its 25th week on the chart. This is its 17th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (111K).

The Second Five: Imagine Dragons' "Demons" holds at #6 for the second week in its 35th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #9 (103K)… Passenger's "Let Her Go" jumps from #9 to #7 in its 21st week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #5 (135K)…Avicii’s "Wake Me Up!" dips from #7 to #8 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 18th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (68K)…Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" dips from #8 to #9 in its 18th week on the chart. This is its 15th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (56K)…One Direction's "Story Of My Life" holds at #10 for the second week in its eighth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (110K).

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"Drunk In Love" by Beyoncé featuring Jay Z, the first single from her chart-topping fifth album, is the week's highest new entry at #12. In its first week, the song already ranks higher than any of the five chart singles from Beyoncé's last album peaked. "Best Thing I Never Had," the highest-charting single from "4," peaked at #16.

"Drunk In Love" is vying to become the fourth Beyoncé/Jay-Z collabo to make the top 10. It would follow "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (#4 in December 2002), "Crazy In Love" (#1 in July 2003) and "Deja Vu" (#4 in August 2006). The two megastars were married in April 2008.

Two other songs from "Beyoncé" enter the chart this week. "XO" opens at #66. "Mine" (featuring Drake) bows at #99.

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"Dark Horse" by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J jumps from #22 to #14, matching the peak position of her previous single, "Unconditionally." "Dark Horse" (Digital sales rank: #7, 111K) is the third top 15 hit from Perry's "Prism" album. "Dark Horse" has now climbed higher than George Harrison's song of the same name, which reached #15 in January 1975. In addition, John Mayer's "Who You Love," which features Perry, re-enters the chart at #48 following the video's Dec. 17 premiere.

Ellie Goulding's "Burn" drops from #13 to #15 in its 16th week. But don't be surprised if the song turns around. It keeps its "bullet" and it remains in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs (#10, 84K). The song spent three weeks at #1 on the U.K.'s Official Singles Chart…Bastille's "Pompeii" jumps from #24 to #21 in its 19th week…"Show Me" by Kid Ink featuring Chris Brown jumps from #39 to #29 in its seventh week…"Gas Pedal" by Sage the Gemini featuring IamSu! rebounds from #44 to #33 in its 22nd week. The song has climbed as high as #29.

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Two Christmas classics re-enter the chart this week. Nat "King" Cole's "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)" re-enters at #45. Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" re-enters at #50. Cole first released "The Christmas Song" with his jazz trio in 1946. It climbed as high as #3. Lee first released "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" in 1958. It first became a hit in 1960, climbing as high as #14.

(These two Christmas songs join three others that were already on the chart. Mariah Carey's 1994 classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" inches up from #27 to #26 in its seventh week; Pentatonix's remake of the Harry Simone Chorale's "The Little Drummer Boy" drops from #51 to #64 in its third week; and Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath The Tree" jumps from #80 to #78 in its third week.)

Zendaya's "Replay" vaults from #69 to #49 in its 18th week.

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Tessanne Chin, the Season 5 winner of "The Voice," has the week's second-highest new entry at #51 with a cover of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing." In addition, Chin & Adam Levine open at #76 with a cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be." Chin is the second contestant from "The Voice" to chart with a cover of "Let It Be." Season 3 contestant Terry McDermott took the song to #70 in 2012.

Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" debuts at #58. It's from his third studio album "Just As I Am," which is due in 2014…"Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz debuts at #89. It's from Derulo's third studio album, "Tattoos"…Drake's "Worst Behavior" re-enters the chart at #94. It has climbed as high as #89…"Paranoid" by Ty Dolla $ign featuring B.o.B debuts at #97. The song, from his "Beach House" EP, is his first chart hit…Dierks Bentley's "I Hold On" debuts at #100. It's from his seventh major-label studio album, "Riser," which is due next year.

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