Eminem’s Not Afraid Breaks Records

The road to Recovery has kicked off massively. First, a feature on B.o.B’s Airplanes Pt. II, then his Despicable Freestyle, followed by the drop of his new first single Not Afraid, and now the announcement of two concerts with Jay-Z.

Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” the first single from his upcoming album Recovery, enters the Hot 100 at #1. It’s the first song to debut in the top spot since Britney Spears’ “3” did it in October. It’s only the second rap song ever to debut at #1, following “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (featuring 112) in 1997. “Not Afraid” is Eminem’s third #1 on the Hot 100, following “Lose Yourself,” his Oscar-winning smash from 8 Mile, and “Crack A Bottle,” his all-star collaboration with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.

“Not Afraid” sold 379,000 copies in its first week. That’s the biggest weekly sales tally so far this year. Only three songs in digital history have sold more copies in their first week. All were 2009 releases: Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (636,000), the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” (465,000) and the aforementioned “Crack A Bottle” (418,000).

Recovery drops June 22nd.

SOURCE: Yahoo!

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