Drake Gets His First #1 Single & Sets New Record With 20 Songs On Hot 100

Carl Williott | May 9, 2016 3:13 pm

Back when “Hotline Bling” was poised to grab the top spot on the Hot 100, in came Adele with “Hello,” preventing Drake from scoring his first #1 single. But after a week of Views (which is this week’s king of the album chart), he has his first #1 with “One Dance,” presumably driven by all those album streams.

While Drake has appeared on two of Rihanna‘s chart-toppers as a featured artist, this is his first time at the top spot as a lead artist. The song, featuring WizKid and Kyla, climbed up from the second spot last week, dethroning Desiigner‘s “Panda.” Lukas Graham‘s “7 Years” is again stuck in third.

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But that’s not all for Drake’s Hot 100 juggernaut news. He also set a new Hot 100 record by landing 20 tracks on the chart simultaneously: 18 are from Views, one is Rihanna’s “Work” and one is the loosie “Summer Sixteen” (at #89, it’s the lowest entry). This beats Justin Bieber‘s prior mark of 17 Hot 100 singles in one week back in December.

That’s some monoculture shit. Not to take away from the accomplishment, but until the industry figures out just exactly how to (transparently) account for streams relative to buys, it feels a lot like we’re living in pop’s juiced ball era.