‘Lose Yourself’ Is No. 1 Song on iTunes Following Eminem’s Surprise Oscars Performance

Make-good makes it a very good Monday for Marshall Mathers

Last Updated: February 10, 2020 @ 7:43 AM

Look/If you had/One shot/Or one opportunity/to totally make up for that 2003 thing/Would you capture it/Or just let it slip? Eminem chose “capture” for his surprise make-good Oscars moment, and that decision made “Lose Yourself” skyrocket all the way to No. 1 on the iTunes charts — 18 years after the song’s initial release.

Marshall Mathers rocked the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday, 17 years after the emcee skipped the event where he was awarded Best Original Song for the “8 Mile” hit. Find out why Eminem no-showed those Oscars here.

This morning, the hit song from 2002 is looking down at Justin Bieber (“Intentions,” No. 2), Nicki Minaj (“Yikes,” No. 4), Meek Mill (“Believe,” No. 5), Post Malone (“Circles,” No. 10) and everyone else on the Apple music-buying service’s “Top Songs” Top 10.

Slim Shady’s Sunday performance on ABC was not just well-received on iTunes — it was met with a standing ovation from the Dolby Theatre crowd. Find some of the best reactions here.

The Oscars are a pretty good platform for an artist to plug their projects. Last year’s special ended up with nearly 30 million TV viewers.

Eminem’s new album, “Music to Be Murdered By,” which came out on Jan. 17, is currently No. 2 on the iTunes Top Albums chart. It is sitting behind the “Birds of Prey” soundtrack.

Like the 20-track Shady/Aftermath/Interscope release’s predecessor, “Kamikaze,” “Music to Be Murdered By” came out as a surprise with no pre-promotion.

“8 Mile” was released in 2002 at the height of Eminem’s powers. In the semi-autobiographical drama, Eminem played struggling battle rapper, B. Rabbit.

“The Eminem Show,” the followup to 2000s “The Marshall Mathers LP,” was released the same year as “8 Mile.”

Eminem burst onto the hip-hop scene with 1999’s “The Slim Shady LP” and its lead single, “My Name Is” which notably was built around a sample of Labi Siffre’s 1975 track “I Got The… .”

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