Eminem makes UK history as “Music To Be Murdered By” & “Godzilla” debut at number one on charts

Remy Gelenidze

Eminem debuts number one on both the Official Albums and Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. His eleventh studio album Music To Be Murdered By, surprised-released last week, debuts at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart with 36,000 chart sales, while Godzilla ft. Juice WRLD tops the Official Singles Chart.

It means Eminem extends his record-breaking run of consecutive Number 1 albums to ten – no other act in UK chart history has managed to land as many chart-topping albums in a row.

Meanwhile Godzilla achieves the rare feat of debuting at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. Just three acts managed it last year: Stormzy’s Vossi Bop, Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care, and LadBaby’s I Love Sausage Rolls. Godzilla is also Eminem’s tenth Number 1 single.

Juice WRLD’s contribution makes him the first act to posthumously score a UK Number 1 single in over 12 years. Eva Cassidy was the last artist to claim a chart topper after their death with her Katie Melua collaboration What A Wonderful World in December 2007.

Eminem saw off a strong challenge from The Courteeners, who finish at Number 2 with their sixth studio album and first in four years More. Again. Forever. It’s still the band’s highest-charting album of their career.

Finishing behind Eminem by just 93 chart sales is rising 21 year-old Compton rapper Roddy Ricch who has shot to viral fame on Tik Tok with The Box.

The Box climbs from 5 to Number 2 this week, thanks in part to the Roddy Ricch dance challenge where thousands of Tik Tok users have now filmed themselves showing off their moves.

Missing out on the top spot to Eminem’s Godzilla by less than 100 units this week, it’s one of the tightest finishes for Number 1 ever; the closest ever recorded was in 2007, when Timbaland’s The Way I Are pipped Kate Nash’s Foundations to Number 1 by just 16 sales.

Eminem has two further entries in this week’s Top 40 with Those Kinda Nights ft. Ed Sheeran (12) and Darkness (17).


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