As previously reported, Drake‘s album Views spends a 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated July 30), while the set’s “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla) likewise tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week (with both reigns logged nonconsecutively).
How rare is such a double domination of that length? Dating to Aug. 17, 1963, when the Billboard 200 became a combined ranking of stereo and mono albums (the Hot 100 launched Aug. 4, 1958), Drake is just the fourth artist to boast an album that has led the Billboard 200 for a least 10 weeks while a single from that set has ruled the Hot 100 also for at least 10 weeks.
Here’s the exclusive club, including one such album, by Santana, that generated two songs that led the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks each; Drake, meanwhile, is the first solo male to make the list (as Santana is a band, fronted by Carlos Santana):
Album: Views, 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning May 21, 2016
Song: “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla), 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning May 21, 2016
Album: 25, 10 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Dec. 12, 2015
Song: “Hello,” 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Nov. 14, 2015
Album: Supernatural, 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Oct. 30, 1999
Songs: “Smooth” (featuring Rob Thomas), 12 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Oct. 23, 1999
“Maria Maria” (featuring The Product G&B), 10 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning April 8, 2000
Album: The Bodyguard (soundtrack), 20 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200, beginning Dec. 12, 1992
Song: “I Will Always Love You,” 14 weeks at No. 1 on Hot 100, beginning Nov. 28, 1992
Thus, just four acts can claim albums that have both topped the Billboard 200 for at least 10 weeks and yielded singles that have commanded the Hot 100 for at least 10 frames. Notably, two of those albums, Drake’s Views and Adele’s 25, have gained entrance to the category in 2016 (first on March 12, to be exact, when 25 spent its 10th week atop the Billboard 200, after “Hello” had wrapped its run in charge of the Hot 100 in January). That’s not entirely a coincidence.
Dating to the Billboard 200 dated Dec. 13, 2014, the chart has measured multi-metric consumption, encompassing album sales, on-demand streaming and digital track sales; from May 25, 1991 through Dec. 6, 2014, the chart had ranked pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music (while, before that, the survey was based on ranked reports submitted by retailers).
Thus, for more than a year-and-a-half (since Dec. 13, 2014), an album’s Billboard 200 ranking has been directly informed by the streaming and sales activity of its tracks. As “One Dance” and “Hello” have dominated in streaming and sales, they have, in turn, directly helped Views and 25 control the Billboard 200. Comparatively, Santana’s Supernatural and Houston’s The Bodyguard led the Billboard 200 based only on their pure sales, even if they obviously were, independently in terms of chart methodology, bolstered by the success of their monstrous hit singles.
Ultimately, any way the impressive numbers are crunched, only four albums in the last half-century-plus have reached such rare chart heights — with Drake’s Views becoming the latest such smash this week.