CMA Awards 2018

'Fake Love' Lifts Drake to No. 1 on Rhythmic Songs Chart

Caitlin Cronenberg
Drake photographed in 2016.

Drake lifts 2-1 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart (dated Jan. 28) with “Fake Love,” scoring his 18th No. 1 on the list, extending his record for most chart-toppers in the 24-year history of the chart. Rihanna follows with 14. The track, from his forthcoming More Life project, rises 6 percent in plays at the format during the tracking week ending Jan. 15, according to Nielsen Music.

Before “Fake Love,” Drake topped the chart with “Too Good,” featuring Rihanna, which logged a six-week run at the top and marked his fourth No. 1 on the list with Rihanna. His longest reign at No. 1 is a tie between his debut chart hit, “Best I Ever Had,” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” each of which spent 10 weeks atop the list. In total, he has 67 career hits on the chart.

Drake’s No. 1s on Rhythmic Songs
Title, peak date (weeks at No. 1)
“Best I Ever Had,” July 18, 2009 (10 weeks)
“Find Your Love,” July 24, 2010 (three weeks)
“What’s My Name” (Rihanna featuring Drake), Dec. 25, 2010 (nine weeks)
“Headlines” Oct. 29, 2011 (four weeks)
“The Motto,” featuring Lil Wayne, March 10, 2012 (two weeks)
“Take Care,” featuring Rihanna, April 7, 2012 (seven weeks)
“Started From the Bottom,” April 27, 2013 (three weeks)
“Hold On, We’re Going Home,” featuring Majid Jordan, Oct. 5, 2013 (10 weeks)
“Tuesday” (I Love Makonnen featuring Drake), Dec. 27, 2014 (one week)
“Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne), March 28, 2015 (one week)
“Hotline Bling,” Oct. 24, 2015 (eight weeks)
“Jumpman” (Drake & Future), Feb. 6, 2016 (one week)
“Work” (Rihanna featuring Drake), March 19, 2016 (six weeks)
“One Dance,” featuring Wizkid & Kyla, May 28, 2016 (six weeks)
“Controlla,” Aug. 13, 2016 (two weeks)
“For Free” (DJ Khaled featuring Drake), Aug. 27, 2016 (three weeks)
“Too Good,” featuring Rihanna, Sept. 17, 2016 (six weeks)
“Fake Love,” Jan. 28 (one week, so far)

Over on the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (which blends airplay, digital sales and streams), “Fake Love” slips 5-6, one spot below its peak. The song amassed 14.1 million streams in the week ending Jan. 12 (down 1 percent).

‘iSpy’ a Top 20 Hit: Also on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, rapper Kyle jumps 26-17, to a new peak, with his debut chart hit “iSpy,” featuring Lil Yachty. The song sees its best streaming week yet, soaring 43 percent to 8 million weekly U.S. clicks. The increase causes a 22-11 jump on the Rap Streaming Songs chart. Digital sales increase 33 percent, to 15,000, triggering a 23-13 ascent on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart. Remarkably, the track scales the chart with almost no support from radio. In the most recent tracking week, only nine Nielsen-monitored stations played the track, with 33 spins detected overall.

Hidden Figures Soundtrack Bows: Lastly, the soundtrack to Hidden Figures earns the highest debut of the week on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, arriving at No. 19 (2,000 copies sold). The set features tracks by Pharrell Williams (a producer of the film), Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, among others.

Album cut “Surrender,” by Lalah Hathaway and Williams, spends a seventh week on the Adult R&B Songs chart, at No. 28. The track became Hathaway’s 11th chart hit when it debuted on the Dec. 17 tally, while Williams notched his fourth charting song at the format.

Over on Hot Gospel Songs, fellow Hidden Figures track “I See a Victory,” by Kim Burrell and Williams, reaches the top 10, climbing 11-9 to become Burrell's third top 10 and Williams' second.