“Kings Never Die” Debuts on the Billboard Charts

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After an early release last week, Gwen’s latest collaboration with rapper Eminem, “Kings Never Die”, debuted at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #8 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs making it the highest charting new entry. According to Billboard, “Kings Never Die” was downloaded 35,000 times and was streamed 1.2 million times “with 49 percent stemming from Spotify plays” (which also helped it come in at #35 on the Digital Songs chart). It’s excellent to see the track chart so high considering it has yet to be promoted properly.

“Kings Never Die” is said to be the upcoming and second single from the Southpaw film soundtrack and an official lyrics video is expected soon, too.

NDC’s peek-a-boo put together a list of where “Kings Never Die” made it’s debut on the charts:

“Kings Never Die”: Chart – Peak position
Australia (ARIA) – 94
Canadian Digital Songs (Billboard) – 36
Canadian Hot 100 (Billboard) – 53
US Billboard Hot 100 – 80 (Hot Shot Debut)
US Digital Songs (Billboard) – 35
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) – 23
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard) – 19
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (Billboard) – 8
Billboard Twitter Top Tracks – 36

14 Replies to ““Kings Never Die” Debuts on the Billboard Charts”

  1. Can someone explain what the purpose of a lyric video is? (Not trying to be sassy, I’m genuinely asking.) Is it just a tool to help boost sales? Generate buzz before the release of an official video? Is there always an official music video released after a lyric video?

      1. Jenny, as somebody pointed out on the Billboard site, it seems that they were referring to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, not the Hot 100.

  2. @Keithers Yes, these are exactly the purposes of a lyric video 😉 Streams are very important these days (Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” got to #1, because of millions of people streaming the video) and that’s why it’s clever to have more “videos” out to stream. Ususally a “real” video is released some time after the lyric video was released. Once the lyric video is out blogs and music sites will post about it and generate some buzz again.

  3. According to wikipedia she’s got at least 14 – 15 charting solo songs. I’ve noticed for a while that Billboard’s page is messed up.

  4. ^ Yeah! That’s why it’s important to keep streaming it on youtube, spotify, apple music, etc. especially when a song is released.

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