News: Eminem's "Not Afraid" To Make Billboard History

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 3:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem's new single, "Not Afraid," will reportedly make Billboard history this week as the 16th song to debut at the top of the charts.

According to reports, Em's new single will be 2nd rap single to start at No. 1 in history.

Eminem will join a very elite club tomorrow when the new Billboard Hot 100 singles chart is unveiled. "Not Afraid" is the lead single from Eminem's new album "Recovery," due out on June 22. The single is the first to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since Oct. 17, 2009, when Britney Spears' "3" danced in at No. 1. "Afraid" is only the second rap single to start at No. 1 following "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112, which began its 11-week run at the summit on the chart dated June 14, 1997. (Billboard)

The track debuted online in late April.

Eminem has debuted his new single Not Afraid on radio, and it's quickly hit the internet. The song is the first taste of the rapper's next album Recovery - which is due for release in June. "Not Afraid" features Em' reflecting on his rehabilitation from drug addiction (and "facing my demons") in a typically forthright way. "I'm not afraid/ To take a stand/ Everybody come take my hand/ We'll walk thos road together through the storm/ Whatever weather- cold or warm/ Just letting you know that you're not alone/ holla if you've been down the same road." (MTV UK)

Rapper Charles Hamilton credited the song for inspiring him to release a public letter to Em this week.

"You probably will read this. A lot of people will. Not scared (#ImNotAfraid). "I'm Not Afraid" is what is influencing me to do what I'm doing now. You think I'm scared of LA streetlights? F*ck outta here. Kill me with my iPod on peak (Apple holla at me, MTV come find me). I will be playing the 8 Mile soundtrack, I will be playing your catalogue for all that. lol. But this is for me. I feel like having access to a studio in which I went to school in the same building, kinda spoiled me. I'm working for this." (Karen Civil)

Earlier this month, Jay-Z made history on Billboard's Top 10 chart.

Jay-Z's "Young Forever" rounds out the top 10, jumping from No. 12 to No. 10. He now leads all rappers with the most to top 10 singles ever. He's got 17 under his belt. Before "Young," Jay's 16 tied him with Ludacris. Luda's on his heals, though. His "My Chick Bad," featuring Nicki Minaj is at No. 11 this week. (Entertainment Weekly)

Listen to Eminem's "Not Afraid" below:

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