On this day, exactly 1 year ago (July 10, 2015), Eminem released “Kings Never Die,” featuring Gwen Stefani, off “Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Southpaw.”
On July 3, 2015, the full song leaked onto the internet, followed by a positive response from critics. Lars Brandle from Billboard Magazine stated that the song “is a muscular effort with a classic angry vibe, but it’s hardly a knockout and absolutely worth a spin.” Rap-Up Magazine thought that the song was a “triumphant rap-rock hybrid with rapid-fire rhymes.
“Kings Never Die” was the highest-ranking debut for the US Billboard Hot 100 chart dated August 1, 2015, entering the chart at number 80. Its chart debut was supported by first-week digital download sales of 35,000 copies, along with 1.2 million domestic streams. It also entered into the top charts in Australia, Canada, France, United Kingdom and surprisingly in South Korea.