Monday, September 20

Weekly Chart Notes: Eminem

While all six of his major-label studio sets have topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Eminem has not translated his retail dominance to similar sovereignty on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

This week, however, the rap superstar inks his first top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a lead artist in eight years, as "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, bounds 14-8 as the chart's Airplay Gainer award winner. Eminem had last ranked in the top tier as a lead act with the No. 4-peaking "Lose Yourself" in 2002. He notched sole other top 10 as a featured act, with Kanye West and Lil Wayne, on Drake's "Forever" (No. 2) last year.

"Love the Way You Lie" marks Rihanna's sixth top 10, a sum that includes three rap tracks for which she's provided vocals, following T.I.'s "Live Your Life" (No. 2, 2008), on which she guested, and "Run This Town" with Jay-Z and West (No. 3, 2009).

Eminem's "Recovery" leads R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for an 11th week, extending his longest command of the chart. "The Eminem Show" ranks second with six weeks in charge in 2002, followed by "The Marshall Mathers LP" (four weeks, 2000).


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