10/04/2004 at 09:00 AM EDT
Eminem is hotter than ever, sales indicate.
His new single, "Just Lose It," on his Shady/Aftermath label, is both the highest-debuting song of his career on the Billboard Hot 100 and the highest-debuting track of 2004 that was not associated with someone from American Idol.
"Just Lose It," off the CD Encore, enters the charts at No. 17, considerably higher than the Oscar and Grammy winner's previous two highest debuts, "Lose Yourself" (which entered at No. 43 in 2002) and "Without Me" (at No. 44 the same year), says Billboard.
"Just Lose It" has bettered the No. 29 debut last month of Usher and Alicia Keys's "My Boo" to become the fourth-highest new song of the year.
The top three debuts of 2004 so far have belonged to American Idol grads: "I Believe" by Fantasia Barrino at No. 1, "Solitaire"/"The Way" by Clay Aiken at No. 4 and "Dreams" by Diana DeGarmo at No. 14.
Besides Eminem's single, U2's "Vertigo" is off to a strong start, showing up in the No. 46 spot. The single is already the biggest U2 hit since "Beautiful Day" peaked at No. 21 in 2001.
As for Eminem, Tuesday will bring the "Just Lose It" video, which features him in the buff, except for a fig leaf, according to reports.