Eminem Notches First Hot 100 No. 1
Eminem's "Lose Yourself" walks to the head of the class on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, giving the rapper his first ever No. 1 on the singles tally. The cut is the chart's fastest-growing track at rEminem's "Lose Yourself" walks to the head of the class on Billboard's Hot 100 this week, giving the rapper his first ever No. 1 on the singles tally. The cut is the chart's fastest-growing track at radio, and displaces Nelly's "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland, which falls to No. 2 after 10 non-consecutive weeks on top.
"Lose Yourself" reaches the pinnacle of the Hot 100 after only six weeks, and is getting significantly greater airplay in crossover markets, as the cut is only No. 17 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally. The song is the lead single from the just-released Interscope soundtrack to "8 Mile," which is expected to sell as many as 700,000 units and debut at the top of The Billboard 200 next week.
Madonna earns her 35th top-10 single on the Hot 100 as "Die Another Day" jumps 18-8 on the Hot 100. The title is the theme to the forthcoming James Bond film of the same name, and is the chart's fastest-growing track at retail thanks to first week sales of 28,500 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song's video is the second most-played clip on VH1, behind No Doubt's "Underneath It All."
Although he lost the top spot to Eminem, Nelly has the Hot 100's top debut with "Air Force Ones" featuring St. Lunatics at No. 69. Other notable entries include Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Zephyr Song" at No. 70, Rebecca Lynn Howard's "Forgive" at No. 76, Terri Clark's "I Just Wanna Be Mad" at No. 79, Toni Braxton's "Hit the Freeway" featuring Loon at No. 86, and Snoop Dogg's "From Tha Chuuch to Da Palace" at No. 90.
Elsewhere on the Hot 100, a number of R&B cuts make substantial gains, led by Erykah Badu's "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" featuring Common, which jumps 41-27. Similarly, Kelly Rowland's "Stole" soars 56-36, and TLC's "Girl Talk" flies 55-38.
LL Cool J's "Luv U Better" maintains its lead over Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" to head the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for a third-straight week. The songs are reversed on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks, where "Work It" in No. 1 for the second week in a row. Both cuts are in the top-10 of the Hot 100, with "Work It" at No. 3 and "Luv U Better" at No. 7.
Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" leads Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup for a fourth-street week, holding back a 7-2 charge from the Dixie Chicks' cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide." The latter continues to improve on crossover radio outlets, and rises 29-22 on the Hot 100.
Nirvana's "You Know You're Right" continues to top both of Billboard's rock airplay charts, controlling the Modern Rock Tracks chart for a third-straight week and heading the Mainstream Rock Tracks tally for a second. The previously unreleased song is available on the "Nirvana" greatest hits package, released Tuesday. The set is predicted to move about 250,000 units this week, and should easily debut in the top-10 of next week's Billboard 200.
As reported yesterday, Santana's "Shaman" (Arista) debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, ousting Faith Hill's "Cry" (Warner Bros.) after only one week in the top spot. For the Carlos Santana-led band, the feat marks the first time in its more than three decade-long career that one of its albums debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, while the nearly 299,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is its highest first week sales total.