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Drake's 'Nice for What' Marks First-Ever Top 10 Debut on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

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Drake on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2016.

As Drake's "Nice for What" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1, the song makes history on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop radio airplay chart, becoming the first title ever to debut directly in the top 10 (since the list launched on Sept. 18, 1993).

"Nice" bursts in at No. 8 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop tally (dated April 21) following its first full week of tracking, ending April 15. The song was released April 6.

Before "Nice," the previous debut benchmark was a No. 11 start for Mariah Carey's "Fantasy," on Sept. 16, 1995. (Both "Fantasy" and "Nice" are a handful of songs to have launched atop the multi-metric-based Hot 100.)

With the arrival of "Nice," Drake charts three concurrent top 10s on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, as "God's Plan" reigns for a ninth straight week, although it slips by 5 percent in plays for the week, according to Nielsen Music. The superstar also features on the new runner-up title, BlocBoy JB's "Look Alive," which rises 3-2, aided by a 5 percent bump in weekly spins.

"Plan" and "Nice" may appear on what many anticipate will be Drake's next album. He posted an image via Instagram on April 16 wearing a jacket with the words "Scorpion. June Twenty-Eighteen."