The Beatles in 1964? Michael Jackson in 1983? Drake … in 2018?
Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Gary and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger (filling in for Trevor) cover Drake's record-breaking week on the Billboard Hot 100, as "In My Feelings" rules for a 10th week. As Drake has now led the Hot 100 for 29 weeks this year (over three No. 1 hits), he passes Usher for the most weeks at No. 1 in a single year; Usher notched 28 weeks at the summit in 2004.
As Drake claims the honor, Gary and Andrew discuss where the superstar's 2018 fits among prior dominant years over the Hot 100's 60-year history, musing about The Beatles' breakthrough in 1964, Michael Jackson's thrilling 1983, and commanding runs by Mariah Carey, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and more.