Chart Beat

Drake Earns Second-Largest On-Demand Audio Streaming Debut With 'Nice for What'

The song debuts atop On-Demand Streaming Songs with 45.8 million on-demand audio streams.

Drake’s “Nice for What” not only starts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it also makes a splashy debut on Billboard’s Streaming Songs and On-Demand Streaming Songs charts, bowing atop both lists dated April 21.

While the 60.4 million-stream start on Streaming Songs is a hefty sum in its own right, it’s the on-demand audio number that really sets “Nice” apart. The song racks up 45.8 million streams on on-demand, audio-only services, giving it the third-largest week in the chart’s history. 

The only song to best it? Surprise: Drake’s “God’s Plan,” which opened with 68 million on-demand audio streams its first week (Feb. 3) and followed with a 57.4 million-stream week Feb. 10.

“God’s Plan’s" third week (Feb. 17) is the fourth-best week in the chart’s history (45.4 million), with Post Malone the only other artist besides Drake in the top five, with the debut week of “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, fifth with 45.2 million (March 10).

The start of “Nice” is slightly more impressive when noting that it premiered on a Friday night (April 6), meaning that it missed virtually a day of streams and sales for the chart’s tracking week, which runs Friday-Thursday.

Drake now owns four No. 1s on Streaming Songs, tying Justin Bieber for the most in the chart’s six-year history, while his latest No. 1 on On-Demand Streaming Songs is his eighth, putting him comfortably atop the all-time list, two ahead of Bieber’s six.