★ “Crack A Bottle” broke the first week digital sales record with 418,000 downloads, topping the previous record held by “Live Your Life” by T.I. featuring Rihanna.
★ The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2010.
★ The song samples “Mais dans la lumière” by Mike Brant, written by Jean Renard, who also received songwriting credits for the song.
★ “Crack a Bottle” is Eminem’s second song (after “You Don’t Know”) to top the Billboard Hot 100 since “Lose Yourself”
On this day, exactly 8 years ago (February 2, 2009), Eminem released “Crack A Bottle,” featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the first single off Relapse. Before the song’s official release, a reference track leaked which featured Eminem performing Dre’s verse and his unused verse in the place of 50 Cent’s verse.
The song received mixed reviews from Critics. Billboard gave a positive review of the song: “Although not quite as strong as the title track to Eminem’s 2004 album Encore, the return of Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent has been anticipated for a long time, and it is sure to put Eminem back atop the marquee. His skills remain some of the best in hip-hop, and the accompanying contributions make the music that little bit more stronger.”
Rolling Stone Magazine commented negatively on the song, saying that it is one of the weakest tracks on the album, along the other single “We Made You”.
Since its release, “Crack a Bottle” has charted mainly in the United States, entering various charts including the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song peaked in the top ten on the Hot Rap Tracks, reaching number four. After spending three consecutive weeks at number seventy-eight on the Hot 100, on Billboard’s edition of February 21, 2009, “Crack a Bottle” reached the number one position on the Hot 100 due to sales of 418,000 downloads, becoming the fourth-biggest jump to the top of the Hot 100 in the chart’s history. With this song, Dr. Dre reached the top of the Hot 100 for a third time, while this is 50 Cent’s fourth. The song has also entered in various European national charts, including the Irish Singles Chart and UK Singles Chart, and also debuted at number one on the Canadian Hot 100.
Eminem, Mr.Porter and 50 Cent performed “Crack A Bottle” at American Music Award in 2009, along “Forever.” Watch the live performance below:
On June 7, 2009, Cashis posted a link on Twitter to the official music video in which he makes a cameo appearance. The music video portrays each rappers’ style. Eminem’s chaotic, Dr. Dre’s west coast style, 50 Cent’s more club oriented. None of the performers are featured in the video.