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Drake Says Topping Billboard Hot 100 Would Be ‘Biggest Moment’ of His Career

"I always love the moment right before it happens," Drake muses on Instagram. His "Hotline Bling" ranks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 ... and the rapper wants to rise one more notch.

Chart fans (and the Billboard charts dept.) aren’t the only ones keeping a close eye on next week’s Billboard Hot 100.

The artist who could be No. 1 is, too.

With Drake up 3-2 on the latest Hot 100 (dated Oct. 24) with his smash “Hotline Bling,” he’s primed to pounce to No. 1 and potentially dethrone The Weeknd‘s “The Hills,” which reigns for a fourth week.

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“I spend my life trying to make waves for the city I am from [Toronto]. No accolades really matter to me other than the fact that I have never had a billboard number one,” Drake posted on Instagram. “If I get my first number one during the month of October it will be the biggest moment of my career to date (in my mind) and if you are looking for me on that particular evening I will be passed out in the water slide that connects to our pool.

“I love you and thank you for these memories. I always love the moment right before it happens more than when it actually happens. So thank you … even if it doesn’t.”


One key note: Drake has topped the Hot 100, but in a featured role. Rihanna’s “What’s My Name,” featuring Drake, crowned the Hot 100 dated Nov. 20, 2010. As a lead, “Bling” has tied his debut hit, “Best I Ever Had,” for his highest rank; “Best” peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for four weeks in 2009.

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Drake also boasts a bevy of other chart accolades. With 102 career Hot 100 entries, he’s one of only four acts to reach triple-digit appearances in the chart’s 57-year history. And, with 15 No. 1s on Billboard‘s Hot Rap Songs chart, he holds the record for the most leaders in the tally’s 26-year archives (with “Bling” leading the list for a third week). Drake has also scored five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, including two this year. His latest, What a Time to Be Alive, with Future, debuted atop the Oct. 10 Billboard 200.

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There’s a good chance, though, that Drake might have to wait a bit longer for his first Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead (and to make that celebratory, and hopefully safe, splash into his pool). The Weeknd released two remixes of “The Hills,” featuring Eminem and Nicki Minaj, respectively, after Minaj joined him to perform the song on NBC’s Saturday Night Live last weekend (Oct. 10), so the song should sport a sizable sales gain — and perhaps score a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Check Billboard.com (and Drake’s Instagram) Monday (Oct. 19), when details of the Oct. 31-dated Hot 100 will post. All charts will update on Billboard.com the following day.