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Feb. 25, 2024

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Eminem adds to Spotify success


Eminem has joined Spotify’s Billions Club yet again, thanks to an assist from a century-old lullaby and TikTok.

The Detroit rapper’s “Mockingbird” is his latest single to rack up 1 billion plays on the streaming service, a milestone the song passed last week. It’s Eminem’s seventh song to cross the digital threshold.

The midtempo 2004 track, from Eminem’s fifth studio album “Encore,” is built around a nursery rhyme loop from “Hush, Little Baby” and finds Em addressing his daughter Hailie Jade and his niece, Alaina.

The song exploded in popularity in the last six months, thanks to a viral trend on TikTok. According to the social network, videos tagged #mockingbird have been viewed 1.5 billion times, while videos tagged #mockingbirdeminem have tallied an additional 380 million views.

“Mockingbird” joins “Godzilla,” which crossed 1 billion streams in October, as well as “The Real Slim Shady” and “Love the Way You Lie,” which both hit the 1 billion mark in 2022. Em’s “Lose Yourself,” “‘Till I Collapse” and “Without Me” had previously entered the Billions Club; his top song on the service is currently “Lose Yourself,” with 1.6 billion streams.