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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Eminem & Ed Sheeran’s ‘River’ Flows in at No. 11

The collab debuts as parent album "Revival" launches atop the Billboard 200. Plus, a milestone for Selena Gomez & Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" is a top 40 Hot 100 hit at last.

As previously reported, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé‘s “Perfect” rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, remaining the top-selling song of the week and taking over as the most-streamed song for the first time.  

Plus, G-Eazy‘s “No Limit,” featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, surges from No. 10 to No. 5, marking G-Eazy’s first top five Hot 100 hit, and Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” spends a second week in the Hot 100’s top 10 at No. 9, after reaching the region for the first time last week, 23 years after its 1994 release.  

Among other songs making notable Hot 100 chart moves this week is another Sheeran collaboration.  


“River,” Eminem feat. Ed Sheeran
The song by the artist with the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and the artist at No. 1 on the Hot 100 bounds onto the latter list at No. 11. It launches at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales with 64,000 downloads sold and No. 15 on Streaming Songs with 17.9 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Dec. 21, according to Nielsen Music. It also boasts 8 million in radio audience and enters the Pop Songs airplay chart at No. 32.

As previously reported, parent LP Revival soars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 (with 267,000 equivalent album units), making Eminem the first artist in the chart’s history to debut eight consecutive titles at the top spot.

The set’s “Believe” additionally debuts at No. 92 on the Hot 100, upping Eminem’s career count to 60 entries dating to his first (the No. 36-peaking “My Name Is”) in 1999. He’s the 19th act to have made at least 60 Hot 100 appearances, dating to the chart’s 1958 inception.

“Wolves,” Selena Gomez X Marshmello
Ranking at No. 23 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 20, the song hits the top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart (11-9). The track is Gomez’s 10th top 10 on Pop Songs (which reflects airplay on 160 reporting mainstream top 40 stations) and her first since “It Ain’t Me,” with Kygo, climbed to No. 2 in June. Marshmello earns his first Pop Songs top 10.

“A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Burl Ives
Below Carey’s “Christmas” carol at No. 9, seven other holiday hits decorate the Hot 100, with Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” rising 34-30 (after having peaked at No. 14 in 1960).

Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” lifts to a new peak of No. 32 (from No. 35, as the 1963 single reached the Hot 100’s top 40 for the first time last week) and Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)” climbs 38-37, also logging a new peak.

Like Williams’ song last week, another holiday standard enters the Hot 100’s top 40 for the first time this week: Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” which jumps 41-38. The song, first released by Ives in 1964, is his first top 40 Hot 100 hit in 55 years, since “Mary Ann Regrets” reached No. 39 in 1962. (Ives died in 1995.)

(“Holly Jolly” never hit the Hot 100 upon its release, as, for many years in the ’60s, holiday songs were not eligible to appear on the Hot 100.)


Just outside the Hot 100’s top 40, Wham!’s “Last Christmas” rises 44-43 (after reaching a No. 41 high last holiday season) and two yuletide titles re-enter: Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad,” at No. 49 (after peaking at No. 44 a year ago), and Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” at No. 50 (following its No. 29 peak last year).

As next week’s Hot 100 will cover the streaming and sales tracking weeks ending Dec. 28 and airplay ending Dec. 31, holiday songs on the Hot 100 this week are likely to descend on, or depart, next week’s chart.