News: Eminem Edges 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & Ludacris, Slim Shady Makes Billboard History

Saturday, Nov 9, 2013 12:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem continues to shatter records by becoming the first lead artist since iconic group The Beatles to secure four singles in the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot 100.

Details of Slim Shady's latest feat have started to scatter across the Internet.

Not only did he score his first first number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, but he became the first artist since the Beatles in 1964 to place at least four songs in the top 20 of the Hot 100 as a lead artist. While that chart continues to be ruled by Lorde's "Royals," Em's "The Monster" bowed highest at number three, while "Berzerk," "Survival" and "Rap God" placed at numbers 15, 16, and 17, respectively. It was "The Monster" that also helped Eminem finally conquer the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, an accomplishment it's hard to believe he hadn't already crossed off his list, especially considering the several Hot 100 number ones he's had throughout his career (including "Lose Yourself" and "Love The Way You Lie," which also featured Rihanna). (Rolling Stone)

Prior to Em's accomplishment, the Beatles held the record for nearly 50 years.

Eminem's feat in the top 100 is particularly impressive as well, as he's the first to achieve such a milestone since the Beatles did in April 1964 - and they actually landed six songs in the top 20, for two straight weeks no less (the first week was, "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Please Please Me," and "I Saw Her Standing There"; while the following week "Do You Want to Know a Secret" rose into the top 20 as "I Saw Her Standing There" dropped out). A handful of other artists have actually had at least four tracks in the top 20 in the years since - specifically 50 Cent in 2005, T-Pain in 2007-08, Lil Wayne in '08 and Ludacris in 2010 - but those artists did so partly as featured artists, while both Eminem and the Beatles did so as lead artists. (Rolling Stone)

If that wasn't enough, new sales projections have Slim Shady's Marshall Mathers LP 2 expected to push out at least 725,000 copies next week.

YOUR TOP 15 (PLUS ONE): As expected, Eminem will debut at #1 on next week's chart in exactly the same range as his previous album, Recovery, debuted in 2010. Following the CMAs, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line remain flat or gain slightly vs. last week. Other CMA beneficiaries on next week's chart will include Kacey Musgraves and Blake Shelton, although neither appear headed for the Top 15 at this point. Duck Dynasty clan The Robertsons' Duck the Halls holds remarkably strong in its second week, dipping only a few thousand units. Will it be the best-selling holiday album of 2013? Stay tuned. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend: *Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 725-750k *Celine Dion (Columbia) 75-80k (HITS Daily Double)

Music insiders also projected Slim Shady's new LP would be the second-biggest release of 2013.

Eminem is set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as his new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and debut at No. 1. Released today (Nov. 5), industry sources forecast the new album to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Nov. 10. That should mark the second-biggest sales week of the year for an album, surpassed only by the debut of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which opened with 968,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan Currently, the year's second-biggest week is owned by Drake's "Nothing Was the Same," which entered at No. 1 with 658,000. (Billboard)

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