"Kings Never Die"
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Single by Eminem featuring Gwen Stefani
from the album Southpaw (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture)
ReleasedJuly 10, 2015
GenreRap rock
Eminem singles chronology
"Kings Never Die"
"Walk on Water"
Gwen Stefani singles chronology
"Spark the Fire"
"Kings Never Die"
"Used to Love You"
Music video
"Kings Never Die (Lyrics)" on YouTube

"Kings Never Die" is a song by American rapper Eminem, from the soundtrack album Southpaw (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture), released on July 10, 2015. It features American singer Gwen Stefani, marking there first collaboration together. The song is the second single released from the soundtrack, after Eminem's "Phenomenal" which was released a month earlier. "Kings Never Die" also marks Stefani's first featured single since 2005's "Can I Have It Like That" with Pharrell Williams. The song was co-written and produced by the New Royales.

Background and release

Shady Records and Eminem were approached by Kurt Sutter and asked to executively produce a soundtrack for the 2015 film, Southpaw.[1] Eminem has four songs on the soundtrack, including two from his collaborative effort – Bad Meets Evil. The other single from the soundtrack, "Phenomenal", is also from Eminem. The song was officially released on July 10, when the audio track was uploaded to YouTube.[2] On July 29, the lyric video was uploaded to YouTube.[3] This song talks about him (Eminem) being a king of rap and many people urging him to retire. Eminem says that he won't retire and will stay a king.

Critical reception

On July 3, 2015, the full song leaked onto the internet, followed by a positive response from critics. Lars Brandle from Billboard Magazine stated that the song "is a muscular effort with a classic angry vibe, [but] it's hardly a knockout [and] absolutely worth a spin."[4] Rap-Up Magazine thought that the song was a "triumphant rap-rock hybrid with rapid-fire rhymes.[5]

Commercial performance

"Kings Never Die" was the highest-ranking debut for the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated August 1, 2015, entering the chart at number 80.[6] Its chart debut was supported by first-week digital download sales of 35,000 copies, along with 1.2 million domestic streams.[7]

Track listing

Digital download
1."Kings Never Die" (featuring Gwen Stefani)4:56


Chart performance for "Kings Never Die"
Chart (2015) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 62
Australia Urban Singles (ARIA)[9] 9
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 51
France (SNEP)[11] 184
Scotland (OCC)[12] 54
South Korean International Downloads (Gaon)[13] 30
UK Singles (OCC)[14] 82
UK Hip Hop/R&B (OCC)[15] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 80
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[17] 23
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[18] 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom 132,000[19]
United States (RIAA)[20] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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  3. ^ EminemVEVO. "Kings Never Die (Lyric Video) ft. Gwen Stefani – YouTube".
  4. ^ Brandle, Lars. "Eminem and Gwen Stefani Collaborated on 'Southpaw' Track 'Kings Never Die': Listen". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
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  19. ^ Griffiths, George (8 December 2020). "Gwen Stefani's Top 10 biggest singles on the Official Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Eminem – Kings Never Die". Recording Industry Association of America. February 28, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.