On this day, exactly 3 years ago (October 29, 2013), Eminem released “The Monster,” featuring Rihanna, off The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Upon release the song was met with positive reviews from music critics, who compared the song to “Love the Way You Lie”. “The Monster” has successfully charted worldwide, topping the charts in twelve countries including Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States’ Billboard Hot 100. It also marks Eminem’s first number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and has reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Italy and Spain.
“The Monster” first entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number three, on November 6, 2013, marking Eminem’s third best entry following “Not Afraid” (No. 1, 2010) and “Love the Way You Lie” also featuring Rihanna (No. 2, 2010). This ties “Berzerk”, which also debuted at number three on the Hot 100. The entry gave Rihanna her 25th top ten on the chart, equalling Elvis Presley for the eighth-most top tens in the chart’s history. This achievement also earned the singer the honor of being the fastest women to accumulate the top ten tally (with eight years and four months since her first single), besting Madonna by three months. Furthermore, the debut marked Rihanna’s 45th overall chart entry. The song concurrently opened at number one on the US Digital Songs chart, with sales of 373,000. The feat marked Eminem’s ninth chart topper, giving him the third-most leaders in the tally’s history, behind Katy Perry (9), and Rihanna.
In the United Kingdom, “The Monster” entered at number one on the UK Singles Chart on November 3, 2013 ― for the week ending date November 9, 2013 ― selling 74,674 copies.
The song won Grammy award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and was nominated for Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.
“The Monster” went 5x Platinum in Australia and Sweden, 4x Platinum in the United States, 3x Platinum in Denmark, 2x Platinum in Canada, Italy and New Zealand, Platinum in Mexico, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Venezuela and gold in Belgium.
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