Two days after his record-setting night at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (May 21), in which he won 13 trophies, the most for any artist in a single year, Drake takes ownership of another Billboard milestone, becoming the first artist to remain on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight uninterrupted years, a streak that dates back to his chart debut on May 23, 2009.
That week, the then-budding superstar’s record run on the Hot 100 started with the arrival of his first single, “Best I Ever Had,” which started not quite from the bottom (No. 92, actually), on its way to a No. 2 peak. (The song held the runner-up spot for five weeks, blocked by another history-making feat: The Black Eyed Peas were amid an unprecedented 26 consecutive-week hold at No. 1 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”)
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Since the bow of “Best,” Drake has maintained a perfect Hot 100 attendance record, appearing in at least one lead or featured role on each weekly chart for a 420-week stretch (and counting!) On the latest Hot 100 (dated June 6, 2017), he claims three entries: as a lead on “Passionfruit” (No. 21), and “Portland,” featuring Quavo and Travis Scott (No. 58) — both from his album More Life — and as a featured artist on Gucci Mane‘s “Both” (No. 44).
Drake’s frequent collaboators Lil Wayne and Rihanna rank second and third all-time, respectively, for the longest streaks of consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 — with Lil Wayne pulling 326 in a row, and Rihanna linking 216 straight.
Within his endeavor in endurance, Drake has notched three Hot 100 No. 1s. His first two were via featured roles on Rihanna hits: “What’s My Name?” led for a week in 2010 and “Work” reigned for nine weeks in 2016. Subsequently in 2016, he scored his first Hot 100 topper as a leading act with “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, a 10-week No. 1 (and Billboard’s official 2016 Song of the Summer).
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Drake has earned 20 top 10 hits on the Hot 100, becoming one of just 18 acts (and eight solo males) with at least that many in the Hot 100’s 58-year history. (Madonna heads all acts with 38 top 10s.)
Of course, Drake’s longevity on the Hot 100 has required a monster number of charted titles: 154, to be exact. The sum is the most of any solo artist, edging out runner-up Lil Wayne, with 136. Drake’s sum trails only the cast of Glee, which made 207 appearances during the show’s six-season run on Fox in 2009-15.