Eminem’s current single ‘Not Afraid,’ off of his upcoming album ‘Recovery,’ will mark the 16th song to ever debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
According to Bill, the single was released digitally on May 3 — four days after its radio debut — pulling in 379,000 downloads in its first week. The single is the first to debut at the top spot since Britney Spear’s single ‘3’ last Fall. Nielsen SoundScan has confirmed that ‘Not Afraid’ currently holds the record for biggest sales week for a digital release in 2010.
Despite it’s current success, however, ‘Not Afraid’ is already Eminem’s third single to debut at the top of the charts. His 2002 single ‘Lose Yourself’ held the number one spot for 12 weeks, while the 2009 single ‘Crack a Bottle’ set a record for most downloads in it’s first week with 418,000.
Eminem’s upcoming album ‘Recovery’ is set for a June 22 release. His previous album ‘Relapse’ marked his fifth straight No. 1 debut, selling 608,000 it its first week. Shady’s only album to miss the No. 1 spot was the 1999 ‘Slim Shady LP,’ which peaked at No. 2.