Drake's 'God's Plan' Makes Historic Debut on Streaming Charts

Caitlin Cronenberg
Drake photographed in 2016.

The Hot 100's new leader starts with a one-week-record 68 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S.

Drake blasts in at No. 1 on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart (dated Feb. 3) with "God's Plan," which drew 82.4 million overall U.S. streams in its first week, ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. Of those, 68 million were via on-demand clicks, marking a new one-week record.

The song becomes the second to debut at No. 1 on Streaming Songs in 2018, following "Finesse" by Bruno Mars and Cardi B (Jan. 20). It's also Drake's first song to start at No. 1 on the tally and his third chart-topper overall, following "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, and Rihanna's "Work," on which he's featured, both in 2016.

"Plan," which doesn't yet have an official music video, scored 68 million U.S. streams from on-demand audio services, sparking its No. 1 debut on the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart. The track earned the most weekly on-demand streams for a song in the chart's five-year history by over 20 million, eclipsing Kendrick Lamar's "Humble.," which tallied 44.4 million on the chart dated May 6, 2017.

Here's a look at the 10 best weeks for on-demand U.S. audio streams:

"God's Plan," Drake, 68 million (Feb. 3, 2018)
"Humble.," Kendrick Lamar, 44.4 million (May 6, 2017)
"DNA.," Kendrick Lamar, 40 million (May 6, 2017)
"Rockstar," Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, 40 million (Oct. 14, 2017)
"Rockstar," Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, 39.6 million (Oct. 7, 2017)
"One Dance," Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla, 37.1 million (May 21, 2016)
"Rockstar," Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, 37.1 million (Oct. 21, 2017)
"Humble.," Kendrick Lamar, 35.1 million (May 13, 2017)
"Rockstar," Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, 34.7 million (Nov. 4, 2017)
"Rockstar," Post Malone feat. 21 Savage, 34 million (Oct. 28, 2017)

Drake additionally becomes the first artist to have twice debuted songs simultaneously at Nos. 1 and 2 on On-Demand Streaming Songs, as "Diplomatic Immunity" bows at No. 2, behind "God's Plan," with 25.2 million on-demand clicks (28.4 million overall; the songs were released Jan. 19 on Drake's two-track "Scary Hours" single). Drake previously launched at Nos. 1 and 2 in the same week with "Passionfruit" and "Portland," the latter featuring Quavo and Travis Scott, on April 8, 2017.

J. Cole is the only other act to have achieved such a double, with "Deja Vu" and "Immortal" opening at Nos. 1 and 2 on the Dec. 31, 2016-dated tally; in fact, he set a record by debuting at Nos. 1 through 7 that week.

The sizable streaming launch for "God's Plan" powers the song's debut at No. 1 on the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Billboard Hot 100 chart. Streaming accounts for 73 percent of the track's overall Hot 100 points, with its streaming points alone larger than the total points accrued by the No. 2 song, Ed Sheeran's "Perfect." The Hot 100 streaming points for "God's Plan" are additionally over twice the amount of the song's next-closest challenger, Camila Cabello's "Havana," featuring Young Thug, at No. 3.