Nearly 15 years after the No. 62-peaking "Just Don't Give a F***" introduced Eminem to Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, the Detroit rapper posts his first No. 1 on the list.
"The Monster," featuring Rihanna, opens at No. 1 as it exploded across all three of the chart's metrics in its first week of availability. According to Nielsen BDS, the cut reached 36.6 million listeners in the Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 tracking week and earned 2.3 million U.S. streams Oct. 28 - Nov. 3. Digitally, it sold 373,000 first-week downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, enough for a No. 1 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs and Rap Digital Songs
Notably, of Eminem's so far eight top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, five of them came since the tally revised its methodology in October of 2012. Since then, the chart now incorporates digital sales and streaming data, in addition to monitored airplay. Previous to the revision, Eminem's singles generally charted much lower on the chart, as the tally was overwhelmingly powered by airplay. In turn, because Eminem's history at R&B/hip-hop radio is relatively weak, his fortunes on the overall Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart were diminished. In total, Eminem has charted 42 entries on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, stretching back to his 1998 debut with "Just Don't Give a F***."