January 15, 2016


Adele’s “Monster” Rap Sends Song Back into iTunes Top 40

Craig Sugden/CBS Broadcasting
Craig Sugden/CBS Broadcasting

Have you seen Adele’s episode of Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show with James Corden, in which she sings her hits as well as dazzlingly raps along to Nicki Minaj’s verse on Kanye West’s “Monster”? If you have, you’re not alone. The video went viral following its release on Wednesday night (Jan. 13), and now, “Monster” is back in the Top 40 of the iTunes top songs chart.

The song—featuring West, Minaj, Jay Z, Rick Ross and Bon Iver—was originally released back in 2010, on Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. “Monster,” widely considered a breakout moment in Minaj’s career, peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

We’ll have to wait until next Monday (Jan. 18) to see if Adele’s karaoke performance can propel “Monster” back onto the Hot 100, but the carpool display certainly reheated the song’s sales. At press time, “Monster” came in at No. 37 on the iTunes songs chart.

"Pull thru, QUEEN!!!!!" Minaj wrote on Instagram following the performance. Watch the full carpool karaoke set below.