News: Rihanna Slims Down After Drake Strip Club Outing, Makes Monster Hook-Up

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 9:08AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

R&B singer Rihanna is not slowing down after recently hooking up with Drake for a strip club outing in Houston by tagging alongside Eminem for an upcoming "Monster" music video.

Weeks after premiering the catchy record, Em and RiRi have plans to unveil its visual in the near future.

Eminem and Rihanna are bringing "The Monster" to life. On Wednesday, the rapper and pop star went in front of the lens to shoot the video for their latest collaboration. Em shared a photo of them on set in his hometown of Detroit. Both were matching in black, while RiRi rocked her new black bob. The video was directed by Rich Lee, who previously worked with Eminem on "Not Afraid" and "Lighters." The song, which appears on Eminem's No. 1 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, moves up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. They previously topped the charts with "Love the Way You Lie," which remained No. 1 for seven weeks. (Rap-Up)

The newest collaboration helped land Eminem in a class all by himself on the Billboard charts.

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)

After dropping a couple weeks ago, Shady's new solo offering dominated its competition in week one.

As reported yesterday, Eminem makes a splash at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" debuts atop the list with 792,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the second-largest sales week of the year, behind only the arrival of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," which started with 968,000 in March. The year's second-largest week had been the debut of Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000). (Billboard)

A few years ago, Em downplayed the importance of selling millions of albums.

"I don't think I've actually stopped to think about it," Eminem said referencing being named artist of the decade. "I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don't understand what people think the big deal is about me. It's a very strange relationship that I have with fame...Honestly, as long as people enjoy the music, that means the most to me. I could sell 80 million records in the first week, and if my peers or fans of real hip-hop didn't like it, it really wouldn't mean anything." (Rap Radar)

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