Eminem Controls Billboard Charts
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" commands Billboard's Hot 100 for a third-straight week, as the rapper rides high in the worlds of both music and movies. His first major feature film, "8 Mile," is No. 1 at thEminem's "Lose Yourself" commands Billboard's Hot 100 for a third-straight week, as the rapper rides high in the worlds of both music and movies. His first major feature film, "8 Mile," is No. 1 at the U.S. box office, and its accompanying Shady/Interscope album, on which "Lose Yourself" appears, has became the first soundtrack to lead The Billboard 200 through its first two weeks of release.
As reported yesterday, the "8 Mile" set sold another 508,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to withstand a powerful charge from Justin Timberlake's debut solo album, "Justified" (Jive), which sold 439,000 copies in its first week.
"Lose Yourself" also becomes Eminem's first top-10 track on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally, where it moves up one to No. 10. Further up that chart, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" replaces LL Cool J's "Luv U Better" at No. 1, marking her second No. 1 on the tally. Her last, "Hot Boyz" featuring Nas, Eve, and Q-Tip, led the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for six weeks in early 2000. "Work It" is also No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart.
While "Work It" is the Hot 100's fastest-growing track at radio, it continues to settle for No. 2 behind Eminem's "Lose Yourself," but withstands a 6-3 charge from No Doubt's "Underneath It All" featuring Lady Saw. "Luv U Better" holds at No. 4, and Cam'ron's "Hey Ma" featuring Juelz Santana, Freekey Zekey & Toya rounds out the top-5.
Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," which punctures the Hot 100 at No. 62, is the tally's top debut. The second radio single from her RCA album "Stripped," which falls two rungs to No. 4 on The Billboard 200, arrives ahead of first single "Dirrty," which rebounds 72-68 on the main singles list.
Other notable entries on the Hot 100 are 3 Doors Down's "When I'm Gone" at No. 67, Mark Wills' "19 Something" at No. 69, Ja Rule's "Thug Lovin'' featuring Bobby Brown at No. 72, and Audioslave's "Cochise" at No. 77.
The Hot 100's fastest-growing track at retail is Benzino's "Rock the Party," which holds fast this week at No. 82. The single has been making noise in urban markets, and breaks the top-30 of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart with a 35-28 jump.
Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" ropes a sixth-week atop Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup, while Rascal Flatts' "These Days" continues to gain ground, moving up 3-2.
Bands featuring Dave Grohl continue to dominate Billboard's rock airplay charts. While his Foo Fighters' "All My Life" knocks Nirvana's "You Know You're Right" from the top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally, the latter remains in control of the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for a fourth-straight week.