The hip-hop king’s new single, “Not Afraid,” will be just the 16th to debut at No. 1 on the nearly 52-year old chart. Released digitally last Monday (May 3) just four days after its radio premiere, “Not Afraid” busts out of the gate with 380,000 first-week digital downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan — the biggest sales week for a digital track this calendar year. The song also debuts at No. 24 on the radio-based Rap Songs chart, and is bubbling under the Radio Songs chart with 10.3 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
With the success of his this single, expect big numbers from Eminem’s next album, “Recovery,” releasing June 22nd.