Ask Billboard: We Haven't Written About Drake Lately, Have We?
Drake could be on his way to a record streak for the most consecutive weeks in the Hot 100's top 10. Plus, a roster of chart all-stars.
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DRAKE'S TOP 10 STREAK
I was reading Billboard's story this week about Drake's chart records, and Monday's Billboard Hot 100 recap article, and there's one more key honor we should celebrate: The most recent Hot 100 (dated July 16) marks Drake's 42nd consecutive week in the top 10. That places Drake in a tie for the fifth-longest streak ever of an artist charting in the top 10:
Artists with the Most Consecutive Weeks in the Hot 100's Top 10
69 weeks, Katy Perry (2010-11)
48, Ace of Base (1993-94)
46, Rihanna (2010-11)
45, The Weeknd (2015-16)
42, Drake (2015-16)
42, Santana (1999-2000)
42, Mariah Carey (1995-96)
With Drake's "One Dance" (featuring WizKid and Kyla) having logged eight weeks at No. 1 so far, and his "Controlla" (No. 19 on the latest chart) and "Too Good" (featuring Rihanna, No. 27) still building, along with his feature on DJ Khaled's "For Free" (No. 22), Drake could definitely come close to Katy's record.
There seems no end to Drake's chart domination, although we should find out later today if there'll be a new No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as Blink-182's California is aiming to unseat Drake's Views after nine straight weeks atop the album tally.
On the Hot 100, however, Drake doesn't appear to be in any imminent danger of departing the top 10. To recap: "Hotline Bling" jumped 16-9 on the Hot 100 dated Oct. 3, 2015, and logged 19 weeks, all consecutively, in the region (peaking at No. 2 for five weeks), through the chart dated Feb. 6.
While "Bling" dropped 9-14 on the Feb. 13 chart, Drake continued his top 10 run, as Rihanna's "Work," on which he's featured, debuted at No. 9. "Work" went on to spend nine weeks at No. 1 and notch 18 straight weeks in the top 10, through the June 11 chart. At that point, Drake had linked 37 consecutive weeks in the Hot 100's top 10.
Amid that run, Drake added a song that spent one week in the Hot 100's top 10: "Summer Sixteen" debuted at No. 6 on the Feb 20 chart, its peak and lone top 10 week. And, while "Work" was still in the top 10 (falling to No. 4 from the summit), on the May 7 Hot 100, "One Dance" darted 13-3. It's ranked in the top three since, with eight total weeks at No. 1, including the last seven in a row.
As you calculated, Eric, that makes 42 consecutive weeks that Drake has charted in the Hot 100's top 10.
We're slightly more than six months from Drake potentially tying Katy Perry's record streak of 69 straight weeks in the Hot 100's top 10. If he does, pencil in Jan. 21, 2017, as the chart date that he would match the mark. He would log a record-breaking 70th straight week in the top 10 on the Hot 100 dated Jan. 28, 2017. (Perhaps he'll pen a follow-up of sorts to "Summer Sixteen" called "Winter Seventeen" for the occasion?)
Of course, a distinction worth noting (as cited by reader/chart-watcher @mudursun): all of Perry's 69 straight weeks in the Hot 100's top 10 were as a lead artist; of Drake's current 42-week streak, he's been the lead act on tracks in the top 10 for 31 weeks.
Meanwhile, with "One Dance" still No. 1, Drake seems certain to break the record for the most weeks in a row in the Hot 100's top 10 by a solo male. With three more such frames, he'll tie The Weeknd's streak of 45 weeks. And, with four, he'll own the mark all to himself.
Notably, thanks to The Weeknd and Drake, two Canadians boast the most consecutive weeks in the Hot 100's top 10 among males. Plus, a third male Canadian recently wrapped an impressive top 10 run: Justin Bieber spent 34 straight weeks in the region (Sept. 19-May 7) with three smashes from his album Purpose: "What Do You Mean?," "Sorry" and "Love Yourself."
ALL ABOUT THE BASES
This Tuesday (July 12), the 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played at the home of the San Diego Padres, Petco Park. The most popular players from the National and American Leagues will show off their skills (and decide home-field advantage for the 2016 World Series).
So, let's take this opportunity to mention some songs with baseball terms in their titles.
First, some No. 1 HITS on the Hot 100:
"WALK Like an Egyptian," The Bangles (four weeks in 1986-87)
"SAVE the Best for Last," Vanessa Williams (five weeks in 1992)
"RUN It!," Chris Brown (five weeks in 2005)
"Wrecking BALL," Miley Cyrus (three non-consecutive weeks in 2013)
How about hitting a "cycle" on the charts:
"SINGLE Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," Beyonce (four weeks at No. 1 in 2008-09)
"DOUBLE Vision," Foreigner (No. 2, 1978)
"TRIPLE Trouble," Beastie Boys (No. 11 on the Alternative Songs chart in 2004)
And, HOME RUN? Okay, I went to the Official UK Singles chart and found that a song called "Home Run" by British artist Misha B. landed at No. 11 in 2012.
Last, but not least, "ALL STAR" by Smash Mouth hit No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs chart and No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 1999.
(Also, there's an electronic band from Glasgow, Scotland, named ERRORS. But, with a name like that, they probably wouldn't belong at the All-Star Game, would they?)
I'm preparing to see the game on MLB International/WAPA2 Deportes. And, I'm rooting for the American League. How about you, Gary?
Mackenzie (Mac) Scott
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
A standing ovation for your chart scoreboard-watching!
(And, how quirky that the highest-charting Hot 100 hit with "single" in its title hit No. 1, while the highest-peaking song with "double" in its title hit No. 2?)
I'll call on the bullpen – chart fans! – for any more examples of baseball-related hits (feel free to add others in the comments below), although here are five catch-y examples as a warm-up:
Two iconic baseball anthems, both Hot 100 hits in 1985: Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" (No. 5) and John Fogerty's "Centerfield" (No. 44; it charted as the B-side to the No. 20-peaking "Rock and Roll Girls," while also soaring to No. 4 on Mainstream Rock Songs).
"The Way" by … Fastball, the group's seven-week 1998 Alternative Songs No. 1.
Alabama's "The Cheap Seats" (a No. 13 hit on Hot Country Songs in 1994), the band's ode to bleacher bums. (Also, then: anything by the band Bleachers.)
And, "Take This Heart," by Richard Marx, a No. 20 Hot 100 hit in 1992, because of its video, starring Bob Uecker and Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley (pitching to Marx, at bat for the Chicago Cubs, his hometown team).
Oh, and I'll be rooting for the AL, too, since I'm a Red Sox fan. (If I weren't, I'd also mention that former Yankee Bernie Williams has scored multiple No. 1s on Billboard charts as a jazz musician. But, since I'm a Red Sox fan, I won't.)