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Eminem’s ‘Houdini’ Unlocks No. 1 Debut on Billboard Global Charts

The song becomes the rapper's first ruler on both the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S.

Eminem performs onstage at Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central" at Michigan Central Station on June 06, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan.

Eminem performs onstage at Live from Detroit: The Concert at Michigan Central" at Michigan Central Station on June 06, 2024 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Eminem’s “Houdini” magically appears at No. 1 in its first week on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. It becomes the rapper’s first leader on the lists, which began in September 2020.

“Houdini” is additionally the first song to debut atop Global Excl. U.S. and the U.S.-based Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. One other track has led the three rankings, although it didn’t enter at No. 1 on them: Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red,” last year.


The Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by Luminate. The Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the United States.

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Chart ranks are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts’ calculations.

“Houdini” launches atop the Global 200 with 121.4 million streams and 72,000 sold worldwide May 31-June 6. The streaming sum marks the highest in a single week for a title that has also hit the Hot Rap Songs chart, besting the 118 million that Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” drew three weeks earlier.

Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso” holds at its No. 2 Global 200 high; Tommy Richman’s “Million Dollar Baby” drops to No. 3 after two weeks at the summit; Post Malone’s “I Had Some Help,” featuring Morgan Wallen, descends 3-4, three weeks after it debuted at No. 1; and Shaboozey’s “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” returns to its No. 5 best from No. 6.

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On Global Excl. U.S., “Houdini” debuts at No. 1 with 73.3 million streams and 23,000 sold outside the U.S. May 31-June 6. As on the Global 200, the song’s streaming total is the highest in a single week for a track that has also reached Hot Rap Songs; it passes the 64.9 million logged by Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red” on the Oct. 7, 2023, chart.

Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso” slides to No. 2 following four weeks at No. 1 on Global Excl. U.S.; FloyyMenor and Cris Mj’s “Gata Only” holds at its No. 3 high; and Billie Eilish rounds out the top five with two tracks: “Birds of a Feather” flies 11-4, surpassing its prior No. 9 peak reached two weeks earlier upon its debut, and “Lunch” falls to No. 5 after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 2.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated June 15, 2024) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow, June 11. For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard’s subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both X, formerly known as Twitter, and Instagram.

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Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts, completes a thorough review of all data submissions used in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious or unverifiable is removed, using established criteria, before final chart calculations are made and published.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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