Drake Ties Usher for Most Weeks at No. 1 in a Year On Billboard Hot 100 as 'In My Feelings' Leads for Ninth Week
Drake also passes Usher for the most career weeks at No. 1 among solo males, & Eminem debuts two songs in the top 10 from his new Billboard 200 leader, "Kamikaze."
Among his six career No. 1s, Drake has now led the Hot 100 for 48 total weeks, breaking a tie with Usher for the most time at the top spot all-time among solo males.
Plus, Drake leads the Hot 100 for a 28th week in 2018, thanks to his three No. 1s this year, matching Usher for the most time in charge in a single year. Usher tallied 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2004.
Meanwhile, Eminem debuts two songs on the Hot 100 in the top 10: "Lucky You," featuring Joyner Lucas (No. 6), and "The Ringer" (No. 8), marking his 18th and 19th top 10s, respectively, and first since his 2013-14 four-week No. 1 "The Monster," featuring Rihanna. Both new top 10s are from his new album Kamikaze, which launches as his ninth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Let's run down the top 10 on the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 11).
"Feelings" adds a ninth week atop the Hot 100 despite not ranking at No. 1 in any individual metric. The song, released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, falls to No. 3 after eight weeks at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 47.7 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent, in the week ending Sept. 6, according to Nielsen Music. (The song set the weekly streaming record on the chart dated July 28 with 116.2 million, then driven largely by the viral "In My Feelings" challenge before its official video arrived Aug. 2.)
"Feelings" rebounds 4-3 on the Digital Song Sales chart, which it led for six weeks (28,000 downloads sold, up 6 percent, in the week ending Sept. 6), and dips 4-5 on Radio Songs, where it reached No. 3 (89.5 million audience impressions, down 4 percent, in the week ending Sept. 9). (The song is the first to top the Hot 100 without simultaneously leading any of the chart's three main component surveys since Drake's own "Nice for What" on July 14.)
With "Feelings" continuing its Hot 100 command, Drake passes Usher for the most total weeks at No. 1 among solo males: 48. Among all acts, Drake also claims a solo share of fifth place. Here is a look at the artists to spend the most time at No. 1 (and their number of leaders) in the Hot 100's 60-year history:
79 weeks, Mariah Carey (18 No. 1s)
60 weeks, Rihanna (14)
59 weeks, The Beatles (20)
50 weeks, Boyz II Men (five)
48 weeks, Drake (six)
47 weeks, Usher (nine)
41 weeks, Beyoncé (six)
37 weeks, Michael Jackson (13)
34 weeks, Elton John (nine)
Notably, Drake has been a lead artist on 38 of his 48 frames atop the Hot 100, while Usher has spent all 47 of his weeks at No. 1 with lead-artist billing. (Mariah Carey has been lead on all of her record 79 weeks at No. 1.)
Drake has also now led the Hot 100 for 28 weeks in 2018, as, prior to "Feelings," "Nice for What" spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning April 21, directly succeeding "God's Plan" after 11 weeks on top (with all songs from his album Scorpion). Here is an update of the acts to spend the most time at No. 1 in any January-December period:
28 weeks, Drake, 2018
28 weeks, Usher, 2004
26 weeks, The Black Eyed Peas, 2009
19 weeks, Drake, 2016
19 weeks, Puff Daddy, 1997
18 weeks, Monica, 1998
18 weeks, The Beatles, 1964
17 weeks, Justin Bieber, 2017
17 weeks, Beyoncé, 2003
17 weeks, Nelly, 2002
17 weeks, Boyz II Men, 1994
Usher first set the yearly mark of 28 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 via four No. 1s in 2004: "Yeah!," featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (12 weeks, beginning that Feb. 28); "Burn" (eight weeks, May 22); "Confessions Part II" (two, July 24); and "My Boo," with Alicia Keys (six, Oct. 30).
Additionally, rap songs have now led the Hot 100 for a record-extending 33 consecutive weeks. Along with Drake's "Feelings," "Nice" and "Plan," the streak includes Childish Gambino's "This Is America" (for two weeks); Post Malone's "Psycho," featuring Ty Dolla $ign (one); XXXTentacion's "Sad!" (one); and Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" (one).
Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, ranks at its No. 2 Hot 100 high for a fifth week, while ruling Radio Songs for a sixth frame (127.6 million, up 1 percent). It rebounds 3-1 for a sixth week atop Digital Song Sales (32,000, up 15 percent), marking the band's longest-leading No. 1; "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera, led for five weeks in 2011. On Streaming Songs, "Girls" descends 5-9 (28.9 million, down 3 percent).
Notably, the gap between Drake's "Feelings" and Maroon 5's "Girls" on the Hot 100 continues to dwindle, with the former down 4 percent in overall activity and the latter up 1 percent.
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100; 6ix9ine's "FEFE," featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz, rises 5-4, after reaching No. 3; and, Post Malone's "Better Now" backtracks to No. 5 from its No. 4 peak.
Eminem sends two tracks onto the Hot 100 in the top 10: "Lucky You," featuring Joyner Lucas, at No. 6, and "The Ringer," at No. 8, marking his 18th and 19th top 10s, respectively, and first since his 2013-14 four-week No. 1 "The Monster," featuring Rihanna. Both of his new top 10s are from his new album Kamikaze, which arrives as his ninth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Now with 19 Hot 100 top 10s, Eminem boasts the fourth-most top 10s among artists who are primarily rappers, after Drake (31), JAY-Z (21) and Lil Wayne (20). Eminem passes Ludacris, with 18.
Plus, Eminem becomes the fifth act to have debuted multiple songs in the Hot 100's top 10 simultaneously, following Drake, who has achieved the feat three times (including entering a record four songs in the top 10 on July 14), Ed Sheeran, J. Cole and Travis Scott.
"Lucky" launches as Eminem's second Streaming Songs No. 1 (after "The Monster"), with 42.2 million U.S. streams, while "The Ringer" chimes in at No. 5 (31.8 million). On Digital Song Sales, the tracks begin at Nos. 5 (26,000) and 2 (28,000), respectively. (Notably, "Lucky" leads Streaming Songs, while Drake's "Feelings" ranks at No. 3, despite the former sporting 42.2 million and the latter, 47.7 million; "Lucky" finishes atop the tally following the application of weighting, as it almost doubled "Feelings" in on-demand streams.)
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Juice WRLD's No. 3-peaking "Lucid Dreams" drops 6-7; Scott's "Sicko Mode" slips 7-9, after hitting No. 4; and, Tyga's "Taste," featuring Offset, falls from its No. 8 high to No. 10.
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