'God's Plan' Becomes Drake's Longest-Leading Hot 100 No. 1, The Weeknd Debuts at No. 4 & Migos Hit Top 10
With 11 weeks on top, "Plan" passes Drake's "One Dance," which led for 10 weeks in 2016.
Drake's "God's Plan" rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an 11th week, marking his longest-leading No. 1 (of four). It passes the 10-week reign of his 2016 smash "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla.
Let's run down the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated April 14), which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (April 10).
As on the Hot 100, "Plan," released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, posts its 11th week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, down 15 percent to 52.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 5, according to Nielsen Music. "Plan" logs an eighth week atop Digital Song Sales, up 14 percent to 48,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 5. On the Radio Songs chart, "Plan" holds at No. 4, after reaching No. 3, up 2 percent to 109 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending April 8.
"Plan," meanwhile, is just the 24th No. 1, of 1,071 total in the Hot 100's 59-year history, to have led for at least 11 weeks. Having debuted atop the chart dated Feb. 3 and remained at the apex since, it's only the fourth single to have spent at least its first 11 weeks on the chart at No. 1, and the first to do so in over 20 years:
Hits to Spend at Least Their First 11 Weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1
16 weeks, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, beginning Dec. 2, 1995
14 weeks, "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
11 weeks, "God's Plan," Drake, Feb. 3, 2018
11 weeks, "I'll Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112, June 14, 1997
(Read on for more Drake news …)
Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" spends a third week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. On Radio Songs, it rises 2-1 (131 million, up 7 percent), marking the first leader on the list for each act. Thanks to FGL, the track is the first Radio Songs No. 1 for a country act since Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," which reigned for two weeks in 2010. Only one other title by a core country act has crowned Radio Songs, dating to the chart's 1990 inception: Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me," in 2009 (before her all-out segue to pop on her 2014 album 1989).
"Meant" leads Hot Country Songs for a 19th week, tying Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk On By" in 1961-62 for the third-longest dominance in the chart's history. Florida Georgia Line also boasts the second-longest Hot Country Songs command, 24 weeks for its debut hit, "Cruise," in 2012-13, which trails only the all-time leader, Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" (34 weeks, 2017).
The Weeknd's "Call Out My Name" launches at No. 4 on the Hot 100, powered most heavily by its No. 2 entrance on Streaming Songs (40.5 million), as well as its No. 4 arrival on Digital Song Sales (36,000). It also opens atop On-Demand Streaming Songs (32.2 million on-demand U.S. clicks), where The Weeknd logs his third No. 1, following "Can't Feel My Face" (seven weeks in 2015) and "Starboy" (three, 2016).
The Weeknd earns his eighth Hot 100 top 10 and highest debut. He notched his seventh top 10 in February, when "Pray for Me," his Kendrick Lamar duet from the soundtrack Black Panther: The Album, debuted at its No. 7 peak (his prior highest start).
"Call" concurrently debuts atop Hot R&B Songs, where The Weeknd adds his fifth No. 1 and first since "Starboy," which led for record-tying 20 weeks in 2016-17.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, BlocBoy JB's "Look Alive," featuring Drake, returns to its peak (6-5). (There's still more Drake ahead …)
Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey's "The Middle" rebounds to its Hot 100 high (7-6), while leading Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a 10th week. It wins the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for a fourth frame (113 million, up 10 percent), as well as the top Digital Gainer nod (41,000 sold, up 47 percent).
Ed Sheeran's former six-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Perfect" descends 5-7; Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" falls to No. 8 from its No. 3 peak; and Lil Dicky's "Freaky Friday," featuring Chris Brown, dips to No. 9 from its No. 8 high.
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, Migos' "Walk It Talk It," featuring Drake, surges 15-10, led by its 7-6 rise on Streaming Songs (30.4 million, up 12 percent); its official video premiered March 18.
Migos notch their fourth Hot 100 top 10, having added their third, the No. 8-peaking "Stir Fry," in February.
Drake, meanwhile, adds his 24th Hot 100 top 10, breaking a tie with Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones (each with 23) for a solo share of 10th place among all acts for the most top 10s in the chart's history; Madonna leads with 38. Michael Jackson ranks fourth and leads all male soloists with 29 Hot 100 top 10s, followed, among solo males, by Stevie Wonder (28), Elton John (27) and Elvis Presley (25, with his career having predated the Hot 100's inception).
Plus, thanks to "Plan," "Look Alive" and "Walk It Talk It," at Nos. 1, 5 and 10, respectively, Drake sports three simultaneous Hot 100 top 10s for the first time. He's the 16th artist ever to score such a hat trick and the first since Cardi B on Jan. 28.
Even more Drake: the superstar should make an extremely splashy debut on next week's Hot 100 (dated April 21) with new track "Nice for What," released April 6. Check Billboard.com this week to find out about the song's first days of tracking and how high it could start on the Hot 100 next week.
Just beyond this week's Hot 100's top 10, Rich the Kid's "Plug Walk" steps to a new peak (18-13), as his debut full-length The World Is Yours roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 2; Camila Cabello's "Never Be the Same" holds at its No. 14 high; and Cardi B's "Be Careful" launches at No. 16, as the MC's debut album Invasion of Privacy looks primed to debut at No. 1 on the April 21-dated Billboard 200.
(As previously noted, both Drake's "Nice for What" and Cardi B's "Be Careful" sample Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor," which hit No. 7 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 21 on the Hot 100 in 1999.)
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard's Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (April 10), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (April 13).