|"Kings Never Die"|
|Single by Eminem featuring Gwen Stefani|
|from the album Southpaw (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture)|
|Released||July 10, 2015|
|Eminem singles chronology|
|Gwen Stefani singles chronology|
"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 the American-recording artist, Gwen Stefani. This is Eminem and Stefani's first collaboration. The song is the second single released from the soundtrack, after Eminem's "Phenomenal" which was released a month earlier. "Kings Never Die" 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.
Shady Records and Eminem were approached by Kurt Sutter and asked to executively produce a soundtrack for the 2015 film, Southpaw. 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. On July 29, the lyric video was uploaded to YouTube. 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.
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." Rap-Up Magazine thought that the song was a "triumphant rap-rock hybrid with rapid-fire rhymes.
"Kings Never Die" was the highest-ranking debut for the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated August 1, 2015, entering the chart at number 80. Its chart debut was supported by first-week digital download sales of 35,000 copies, along with 1.2 million domestic streams.
|1.||"Kings Never Die" (featuring Gwen Stefani)||4:56|
|Australia Urban Singles (ARIA)||9|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||51|
|South Korean International Downloads (Gaon)||30|
|UK Singles (OCC)||82|
|UK R&B (OCC)||22|
|US Billboard Hot 100||80|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||23|
|US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)||19|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000|
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.