Eminem shocked the world last Friday (January 17) by releasing a complete new project that nobody knew was coming. The set, Music to Be Murdered By, opens at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart, and the rapper is surely happy about that…but over on the songs ranking, something even more momentous has taken place.
The hip-hop superstar scores a chart double by debuting his album and a track featured on the title at No. 1 on their respective lists, and he had some help when it comes to the single. Eminem and Juice WRLD top the tally with “Godzilla,” which was immediately selected by fans as a favorite from the new set, and it’s not hard to understand why so many were interested in hearing the collaboration.
“Godzilla” is the first song featuring Juice WRLD to be released since his passing in December. Just over a month ago, the hip-hop talent died suddenly in Chicago’s Midway Airport from a seizure, reportedly due to overdosing on a number of drugs.
The song, which hasn’t yet been promoted as a proper single from Music to Be Murdered By (but which probably will be soon) is Juice WRLD’s first No. 1 in the U.K. It’s also only his second top 10, following the success of his breakout track “Lucid Dreams,” which made it to No. 10 just two years ago.
When it comes to Eminem, those career totals rise much, much higher. The rapper has now landed at No. 1 10 times, making him one of the most successful artists across the pond when it comes to reaching the penthouse. He has occupied the highest rung with the following 10 cuts: “The Real Slim Shady,” “Stan,” “Without Me,” “Lose Yourself,” “Just Lose It,” “Like Toy Soldiers,” “Smack That” (as a featured act on Akon’s track), “The Monster” with Rihanna, “River” with Ed Sheeran and now “Godzilla” with Juice WRLD.
Eminem now ranks fourth on the list of solo artists with the most No. 1 hits in the U.K., tying with Calvin Harris. Ahead of the rapper among artists who primarily work on their own are Elvis Presley (21), Cliff Richard (14) and Madonna (13).
Looking at all of his top 10 smashes, Eminem’s count balloons to 34.