Eminem's 'Killshot' Strikes at No. 2 on Streaming Songs Chart
It’s the rapper’s second top two debut this month.
Eminem’s “Killshot” rides a wave of attention stemming from its standing as a diss track directed at fellow rapper Machine Gun Kelly, arriving at No. 2 on Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart dated Sept. 29.
The track racked up 51.3 million streams in its first week (ending Sept. 20), according to Nielsen Music, after its Sept. 14 release via YouTube. It’s the most-streamed song of the week in the U.S., but due to streaming weighting, it bows at No. 2 on Streaming Songs behind Kanye West and Lil Pump’s “I Love It,” which accrued 44.8 million streams but received more from on-demand audio services such as Spotify and Apple Music.
Meanwhile, of the sum of “Killshot,” 94 percent comes via video views, assisted by the fact that the song was originally a YouTube exclusive before being uploaded to iTunes and other streaming services later in the tracking week. Its YouTube upload was an official audio post, rather than a music video.
“Killshot” becomes Eminem’s second song to debut in the top two of Streaming Songs this year; previously, “Lucky You,” from the rapper’s new album Kamikaze, ruled the Sept. 15-dated list (and rises 11 percent in streams on the latest chart thanks to the release of its music video).
On the Billboard Hot 100, “Killshot” debuts at No. 3, Eminem’s best start since “The Monster” (No. 3, Nov. 16, 2013).
Concurrently, “Rap Devil,” the song from MGK that spurred the existence of “Killshot,” falls 13-17 in its second week on the chart, garnering 20.9 million streams, but bows on On-Demand Streaming Songs at No. 48 after rising 44 percent in on-demand audio streams thanks to, like “Killshot,” its late release on those services versus YouTube.