Drake performs on stage at Tacoma Dome on Nov. 1, 2018 in Tacoma, Wash. 
Drake performs on stage at Tacoma Dome on Nov. 1, 2018 in Tacoma, Wash. 
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Here's What Drake Did Every Single Day This Year

by Tatiana Cirisano
December 14, 2018, 10:24am EST

From playing Fortnite to dethroning himself from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 (twice!), here’s how music’s busiest superstar impacted pop culture every day between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30.

1 Previews “God’s Plan” at New Year’s Eve bash in New York. 2 “God’s Plan” snippet leaks on Twitter. 3 Instagram spree of photos in the studio. 4 Posts baby photo. 5 Hangs with photographer Theo Skudra. 6 Hits Nicole Murphy’s 50th-birthday party. 7 Attends Netflix’s Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills. 8 Wishes Preme a happy birthday. 9 Hosts Dwayne Wade’s birthday at his Toronto eatery Pick 6ix. 10 Scores iHeartRadio Music Awards hip-hop artist of the year nom. 11 Announces plans to take whiskey brand Virginia Black public. 12 OVO Raptors jerseys go on sale in Canada. 13 Scores a BRIT Awards nom. 14 Kevin Durant responds to Drake’s courtside dis from the night before. 15 Pick 6ix’s chef shares Drake’s favorite veggie: broccoli. 16 Insta spree. 17 Announces Welcome Toronto series with Raptors. 18 Previews new music at a private party in Memphis. 19 Releases Scary Hours. 20 Mourns Fredo Santana. 21 Scary Hours memes take over the Twitterverse. 22 Accused of stealing Scary Hours cover art. 23 Congratulates LeBron James on reaching 30,000 career points. 24 “God’s Plan” breaks Spotify’s and Apple Music’s single-day streaming records. 25 Hits the studio with Bad Bunny. 26 Breaks Apple Music’s first-week global streaming record. 27 Rihanna collaboration “Work” turns 2. 28 Lands third U.K. No. 1 single. 29 Instagrams old photo of his first press kit. 30 Posts a pic with producer Jordan Ullman. 31 Twitter reacts to Drake dethroning Jay-Z for most Billboard Hot 100 top 10s as a hip-hop artist.

Hangs with his hookah man, Habibiz. Raptors wear OVO jerseys. “God’s Plan” debuts at No. 1 on the Hot 100. 4 Continues what will be a five-day streak of not posting on Instagram. Surprises students at Miami Senior High School. 6 Pays for fans’ groceries at a Miami supermarket. 7 Donates $50,000 to a Miami homeless shelter. Back in the studio.Features on BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive.” 10 “God’s Plan” ties the record for the fastest trip to the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart’s top 10. 11 Pick 6ix opens for reservations. 12 OVO announces an Air Jordan collab. 13 So Far Gone turns 9. 14 Surprises a Miami hotel maid with a shopping spree. 15 Azealia Banks freestyles over “God’s Plan.” 16 Releases “God’s Plan” music video. 17 Celebrates “God’s Plan” spending a third week atop the Hot 100. 18 Justin Bieber calls “God’s Plan” video the “best video I’ve ever seen” on Instagram. 19 Wishes Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown a happy birthday. 20 Calls the “God’s Plan” video the “greatest thing I’ve ever done in my life.” 21 Loses best international male solo artist to Kendrick Lamar at the BRIT Awards. 22 Jimmy Kimmel Live! parodies “God’s Plan.” 23 Out in Los Angeles. 24 “Look Alive” debuts at No. 6 on the Hot 100. 25 Celebrates Floyd Mayweather’s 41st birthday at a Los Angeles roller rink. 26 Gets a shoutout from Heidi Klum. 27 Shows up on Paul Anka’s Instagram. 28 Skepta and Suspect drop “Look Alive” remix.

Ties Eminem at No. 4 on Forbes’ 2018 wealthiest hip-hop artists list. 2 Saturday Night Live spoofs “God’s Plan.” 3 Returns to No. 1 on the Artist 100. 4 Attends Vanity Fair’s 2018 Academy Awards afterparty in Beverly Hills. 5 Posts suited-up Instagram pic. 6 Hangs with his father, Dennis Graham. 7 Tiffany Haddish posts a selfie with him. 8 The RIAA certifies More Life track “Fake Love” four-times platinum. 9 Says he’s “working on new album” dedicated to Toronto. 10 “God’s Plan” tops the Hot 100 for sixth week. 11 Loses hip-hop artist of the year to Kendrick Lamar at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. 12 Logic tells Beats 1 he wants to tour with Drake. 13 Hints at a new single on Instagram: “next one soon splash.” 14 Viewer-record-crushing Fortnite session. 15 Twitter explodes with Drake Fortnite memes. 16 OVO Radio episode 58 airs. 17 Remixes N*E*R*D and Rihanna’s “Lemon.” 18 Features on Migos’ “Walk It Talk It.” 19 PETA urges him to end Canada Goose pact. 20 Shows off a longhair look. 21 Teases a Murda Beatz-produced single. 22 Wishes a happy birthday to Toronto rapper Gilla. 23 Eats at Toronto’s Swiss Chalet. 24 “God’s Plan” tops Hot 100 for eighth week. 25 Appears on “Bring It Back” with Trouble and Mike WiLL Made-It. 26 Shouts-out rapper Trouble. 27 Instagrams a pic with “God’s Plan” director Karena Evans. 28 Hangs on a private jet with his security head, Chubbs. 29 Lorde covers “Shot for Me” in Toronto. 30 OVO Radio episode 59 airs. 31 Wishes his producer Noah “40” Shebib a happy birthday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Teases album on Instagram. 2 The RIAA certifies Nothing Was the Same four-times platinum. Claps back at an Instagram troll who makes fun of his do-rag selfie. Meets ESPN analyst Doris Burke. 5 Promises new single. 6 Drops “Nice for What.” 7 Views spends 100th consecutive week on the Billboard 200. 8 One year since More Life debuted atop the Billboard 200. 9 A YouTube hack briefly affects Drake clips. 10 Another Fortnite sesh. 11 Dines at Nobu in London. 12 Atlanta airs a Drake-themed episode. 13 OVO Radio episode 60 airs. 14 “God’s Plan” becomes his longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 (11 weeks). 15 Complains about the cold. 16 Announces Scorpion. 17 Reacts to Atlanta episode: “I am too high for this.” 18 Shares throwback Degrassi shot. 19 NBA player Kevin Durant says “God’s Plan” inspires him. 20 Drake’s dad appears in a clip from Van Lathan’s The Red Pill. 21 “Nice for What” dethrones “God’s Plan” atop Hot 100. 22 Spotted with singer Raye at a Fendi party. 23 Designs uniforms for a Miami high school. 24 Jennifer Lopez covers “Teenage Fever” in New York. 25 Courtside at Raptors game. 26 Appears on NFL Draft walk-up songs playlist. 27 OVO Radio episode 61 airs. 28 Tallies record-breaking 33rd straight week atop Hot 100. 29 Shares behind-the-scenes pic from “Hotline Bling” video. 30 Shows off OVO jacket.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1 Court skirmish with Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins. 2 A University of Arizona study recommends parents listen to Drake to get closer to their kids. 3 Courtside at Raptors playoffs game.NBA warns him to tone down courtside antics. “Nice for What” tops Hot 100 for third week. 6 Spotted at Atlanta nightclub with Lil Baby. 7 Lil Baby teases collab on Twitter. 8 Shops at an Atlanta mall. Instagram spree. 10 Meek Mill tells WQHT (Hot 97) New York a Drake collab is “possible.” 11 OVO Radio episode 62 airs. 12 “Nice for What” tops Hot 100 for fourth week. 13 Wishes his mom, Sandi Graham, a happy Mother’s Day on Instagram. 14 Announces tour with Migos. 15 Releases “Yes Indeed” with Lil Baby. 16 Receives four BET Awards nods. 17 Expands back-to-back tour dates in Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. 18 Tour goes on sale. 19 Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” dethrones “Nice for What” atop Hot 100. 20 Wins Billboard Music Award for top Billboard 200 artist. 21 Gifts DJ Khaled and Millie Bobby Brown Scorpion bombers. 22 Hints at a DJ Premier collab on Scorpion. 23 6ix9ine claims on Instagram that he’s working with Drake. 24 A 10-second song snippet surfaces online. 25 Releases “Duppy Freestyle.” 26 Releases “I’m Upset.” 27 A 2011 clip of Drake geeking over a Pusha T autograph resurfaces online. 28 In Miami. 29 Pusha T releases Drake dis track “The Story of Adidon.” 30 Explains blackface photo that Pusha T dug up. 31 The RIAA certifies “Look Alive” platinum.

1 His dad shuts down rumors of Drake’s alleged child. 2 “Yes Indeed” enters Hot 100 top 10 and “Nice for What” returns to No. 1. TMZ reports that Sophie Brussaux was offered $100,000 to respond to claims that Drake fathered her child. 4 Is rumored to have co-written Kanye West’s “Yikes.” Returns from Insta hiatus with a comment: “Nobody really know what I been through.” Leads Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart. 7 Pens foreword for J Prince memoir. 8 Jorja Smith tells GQ she initially turned down an offer to appear on Drake’s More Life. 9 “I’m Upset” debuts at No. 19 on the Hot 100. 10 Houston’s fourth annual Drake Day. 11 Adds 11 new tour dates. 12 In Toronto. 13 Releases “I’m Upset” video. 14 The RIAA certifies What a Time to Be Alive track “Big Rings” two-times platinum. 15 Rihanna’s Drake-assisted “Work” video surpasses 1 billion YouTube views. 16 Seven years since receiving Songwriters Hall of Fame award. 17 Gifts dad a Blue Bentley for Father’s Day. 18 Drake’s mom tells TMZ her son is “too grown-up” for rap beefs. 19 Teases album with an ominous post on Instagram Stories. 20 DJ Khaled promotes Scorpion on Instagram. 21 Shares Scorpion collage on Instagram. 22 Teases double album. 23 “Nice for What” returns to No. 1 on the Hot 100. 24 “God’s Plan” wins video of the year at the BET Awards. 25 Drops Scorpion album trailer. 26 One year since Drake hosted the inaugural NBA Awards. 27 The RIAA certifies “Look Alive” two-times platinum. 28 Reveals Scorpion tracklist. 29 Drops Scorpion, on which he reveals he has a son. 30 “I’m Upset” becomes his 64th top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

1 “Bigger Than You” lyric video out. 2 Drake appears on the cover of numerous Spotify playlists in a takeover dubbed “Scorpion SZN.” 3 Justin Timberlake says he and Drake have “talked about” collaborating. Odell Beckham Jr. joins the “In My Feelings” challenge. Report finds Drake responsible for 5 percent of Toronto’s tourism economy. 6 Scorpion tops 1 billion global first-week streams. “Behind Barz” freestyle. 8 Performs at London’s Wireless Fest. Lil Jon and N.O.R.E. join the “In My Feelings” challenge. 10 Cheers on ex Serena Williams at Wimbledon match. 11 Instagram clubbing photo spree. 12 Spotted filming in London. 13 NBC’s Today anchors join the “In My Feelings” challenge. 14 Scorpion debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 15 Spotted at Nobu in Los Angeles. 16 Receives seven MTV Video Music Award noms. 17 Spotted with Shiggy in L.A. 18 Ty Dolla $ign and Jimmy Kimmel spoof “In My Feelings.” 19 Becomes the first artist to reach 10 billion Apple Music streams. 20 “In My Feelings” breaks weekly streaming record. 21 “In My Feelings” dethrones “Nice for What” atop the Hot 100. 22 Lil B drops a cat-themed spoof freestyle of “In My Feelings.” 23 The National Transportation Safety Board issues warning over “In My Feelings” challenge. 24 Postpones tour. 25 Shiggy denies he was paid to promote “In My Feelings.” 26 Hangs with his dad. 27 “Nonstop” video. 28 Scorpion spends third week at No. 1. 29 “Back to Back” turns 3. 30 Joins HBO’s Euphoria as executive producer. 31 Teases OVO Nike jersey.

Leads iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards nominees. 2 “In My Feelings” video drops. 3 Shouts-out OVO signee Baka Not Nice on Instagram. 4 Scorpion spends fourth week at No. 1. Big Freedia says she asked to be in the “In My Feelings” video. 6 Shiggy urges fans to do the “In My Feelings” challenge “safely.” Rumored to file trademark for “God’s Plan” TV game show. Becomes first artist to surpass 50 billion streams globally, on all platforms. 9 Tour bus is reportedly towed in Kansas City, Mo. 10 Delays tour launch for second time. 11 Scorpion spends fifth week at No. 1. 12 Kicks off tour. 13 Guests on Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On the Run II Tour stop in Detroit. 14 Tour hits Detroit. 15 Detroit night two. 16 A child hospital patient in Chicago reaches out to Drake on Instagram. 17 Tour hits Chicago. 18 Travis Scott’s Astroworld dethrones him on the Billboard 200. 19 Instagrams Chicago tour pics. 20 Surprises young fan in the hospital. 21 Gifted custom Monopoly game. 22 Brings out Sheck Wes in Toronto. 23 Posts a photo with Wes and Travis Scott. 24 First of four back-to-back shows at Madison Square Garden in New York. 25 Scorpion pop-up shop opens in Manhattan. 26 Hosts Brooklyn party with Virgil Abloh. 27 Roasts Trey Songz’ basketball playing on Instagram. 28 Closes out MSG run by bringing Shiggy onstage. 29 Kanye West claims Drake sent him “purple demon emojis.” 30 First of three back-to-back shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 31 Barclays Center night two.

1 Appears as a cartoon in Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” video. 2 Debuts new owl pendant. 3 Kim Kardashian shuts down Drake hookup rumors: “Never happened.” 4 Tour hits Montreal. Wins Billboard’s Song of the Summer. 6 Cancels Toronto International Film Festival red carpet appearance. 7 Dedicates Boston show to Mac Miller.Brings Meek Mill onstage in Boston. Says ending beef with Meek gave him “peace of mind.” 10 Bryson Tiller covers “Finesse.” 11 Heidi Klum shades Drake on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 12 Leads noms for both American Music Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards. 13 Performs in Washington, D.C. 14 OVO episode 67 airs. 15 “In My Feelings” logs ninth week atop Hot 100. 16 Performs in Philadelphia. 17 Millie Bobby Brown talks on the Emmys red carpet about texting Drake. 18 Tour hits Nashville. 19 James Corden’s The Late Late Show airs a skit using only Drake lyrics. 20 Features on French Montana’s “No Stylist.” 21 Postpones two Miami shows. 22 Leads Hot 100 for a 29th week in 2018. 23 Apologizes for canceled Miami shows. 24 Brings out Big Freedia and City Girls in New Orleans. 25 Instagrams three tour shots. 26 Debuts custom Vaquero Trophy & Tack belt buckle for Dallas show. 27 Makes Billboard’s 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players list. 28 Monsters and Men, which he executive-produced, hits theaters. 29 Tour hits Houston. 30 Brings out Travis Scott in Houston.

Quavo teases Drake feature on Quavo Huncho. Announces Michael Jackson-featuring “Don’t Matter to Me” as next radio single from Scorpion. 3 Lil Wayne blames clearance issues for Drake’s absence from Tha Carter V. Snags four MTV Europe Music Award noms. Supports Conor McGregor during his MMA weigh-in. 6 Performs in Las Vegas. 7 Cancels three more tour dates. 8 Performs in Glendale, Ariz. 9 “No Stylist” video drops. 10 Purchases a Takashi Murakami sculpture. 11 Releases Bad Bunny collab “MIA.” 12 Attends Quavo Huncho release party. 13 Brings out LeBron James and Travis Scott in L.A. 14 Brings out Cardi B, Lil Baby and Playboi Carti in L.A. 15 Shows off watch collection on Insta. 16 Earns a BET Hip-Hop Award. 17 Hangs with Jay-Z. 18 Hosts L.A. party with surprise delivery of McDonald’s. 19 “Sicko Mode” video drops. 20 Performs in Inglewood, Calif., and brings out Post Malone, YG and BlocBoy JB. 21 The Forum gifts Drake a gold plaque for selling out four shows. 22 Gets congratulatory text from his high school teacher. 23 Hosts a 2000s-themed party for his 32nd birthday. 24 Becomes a co-owner of 100 Thieves. 25 Meek Mill rocks an OVO chain on Instagram. 26 Tour hits Oakland, Calif. 27 Collabs with Murakami for an OVO-themed flower painting. 28 Murakami further details his OVO collab. 29 Performs in Oakland. 30 Funk Flex disses him on WQHT. 31 Juice WRLD shuts down rumors of a beef with Drake.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tour hits Tacoma, Wash. 2 Appears on Metro Boomin’s Not All Heroes Wear Capes. 3 Accuses Vancouver casino of racial profiling. 4 Mourns death of a young fan. 5 Wishes Bollywood actress Athiya Shetty a happy birthday. 6 Embroiders tour wardrobe in memory of deceased fan. 7 Tour hits Edmonton, Alberta. 8 Unveils new OVO Raptors jersey. 9 Wishes French Montana a happy birthday. 10 Tour hits St. Louis. 11 Loses out at People’s Choice Awards for best male artist. 12 Raps his own “Nonstop” at a karaoke session. 13 Brings out Lil Wayne and Bad Bunny in Miami. 14 Performs in Miami. 15 Take Care turns 7. 16 Tour hits Atlanta. 17 Take Care secures second-longest stay on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (169 weeks). 18 Night three in Atlanta. 19 Poses with Salma Hayek. 20 Leaves Future’s birthday party in Atlanta around 3 a.m. 21 Teases OVO collab with Timberland. 22 Shows off Quality Control chain. 23 Hugs Kyle Lowry at a Raptors game in Toronto. 24 OVO Kids launches in Ontario. 25 “In My Feelings” collects Soul Train Award for hip-hop song of the year. 26 Spotted with Stefflon Don in Miami. 27 “God’s Plan” reportedly becomes eligible for diamond certification. 28 Meek Mill tells Beats 1 that Drake beat him at pingpong for $100,000. 29 Drake’s lawyers sue Hebrew Hustle for using his photo. 30 Honored by EBONY’s Power 100.

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 15 issue of Billboard.

Billboard Year in Music 2018