Eminem, Rihanna Rule Hot 100 With 'The Monster'
The pair scores a historic topper: Rihanna ties Michael Jackson for the third-most leaders (13) in the Hot 100's history, while Eminem ties for the most No. 1s (five) among rappers
Eminem and featured artist Rihanna roar 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their collaboration "The Monster," which gives each artist a new slice of history in the chart's 55-year archives. The song also shoots 4-1 on the Radio Songs airplay chart, where Rihanna adds more accolades.
With the coronation, the pair dethrones Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," which had returned to the top of the Hot 100 last week for a third cumulative week at No. 1.
As we do each Wednesday, let's dig into the numbers behind this week's top 10, going especially Rihanna- and Eminem-centric in honor of each's latest trip to the summit.
Impressively, Rihanna ties Michael Jackson for the third-most leaders in the Hot 100's history. Now with 13, she passes Madonna and the Supremes, each with 12. Upon the chart-topping ascent of "The Monster," here's an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s dating to the Hot 100's Aug. 4, 1958, inception:
20, the Beatles
18, Mariah Carey
13, Michael Jackson
12, the Supremes
11, Whitney Houston
10, Janet Jackson
10, Stevie Wonder
From her first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "SOS" (May 13, 2006) through this week's chart (dated Dec. 21, 2013), Rihanna's registered 13 leaders in a span of seven years, seven months and eight days, marking the fastest run to the sum by a woman; Mariah Carey took a slightly longer seven-year, eight-month and 19-day route (from 1990's "Vision of Love" through 1998's "My All"). Only the Beatles reached 13 No. 1s more quickly: just three years and 17 days between 1964's "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and 1967's "Penny Lane." (The other of the four acts with at least 13 leaders, Michael Jackson, spanned nearly 23 years between 1972's "Ben," his first solo No. 1 apart from the Jackson Five, and 1995's "You Are Not Alone.")
Eminem, meanwhile, makes his own historic move, as he ties the record for the most Hot 100 No. 1s (five) among rappers. Here's an updated look at the rap acts with the most leaders:
4, 50 Cent
4, Jay Z
4, Kanye West
With all five of his No. 1s in lead roles, Eminem passes 50 Cent, Diddy and Nelly (four each) for the most such chart champs among rappers.
"The Monster" is Eminem and Rihanna's second shared Hot 100 No. 1. The two teamed for "Love the Way You Lie" (with Rihanna also in a featured role; she's boasted lead billing on 10 of her 13 No. 1s). The song topped the chart for seven weeks in 2010. Bonus fun fact: the last two solo artists to pair for multiple Hot 100 No. 1s prior to Eminem and Rihanna? Nelly Furtado and Timbaland. With Furtado as the lead act, "Promiscuous" led for six weeks in 2006. In 2007, they reversed roles (and added fellow featured artist Justin Timberlake) on "Give It to Me," which ruled for two frames.
"The Monster" climbs to the Hot 100's top perch with another coronation, and more honors for Rihanna: it charges 4-1 on Radio Songs, gaining by 13% to 135 million in all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS (and claims the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for a fifth straight week). With the jump, Rihanna passes Mariah Carey, 12 to 11, for the most No. 1s in the airplay chart's 23-year history. Usher ranks third with seven Radio Songs No. 1s. "The Monster" is Eminem's third topper on the ranking.
The track racks a fourth week atop the On-Demand Songs chart (2.4 million U.S. streams, according to BDS, up 6%), while reaching a new peak (4-2) on Streaming Songs (5.4 million, down 5%). It holds at No. 2 on Digital Songs (after three weeks at No. 1) with 186,000 downloads sold (down 19%), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, "The Monster" takes over atop the Pop Songs and Rap Airplay radio-based charts this week; on the former, she passes Katy Perry for the most No. 1s (11) on the chart's 21-year history. The song concurrently spends a sixth week at No. 1 on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs rankings.