Drake has become the first male artist, and second act overall, to have debuted three songs at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, as his new single, ‘Toosie Slide,’ rolled in at the top spot.
‘Toosie Slide’ follows ‘God’s Plan,’ which opened atop the chart dated 3 February 2018, and the song that supplanted it at No. 1, ‘Nice for What,’ on 21 April 2018.
Among all artists, Drake equals Mariah Carey, who first sent three songs onto the Hot 100 at No. 1: ‘Fantasy’ (September 30, 1995); ‘One Sweet Day,’ with Boyz II Men (December 2, 1995); and ‘Honey’ (September 13, 1997). Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande have each debuted two songs atop the Hot 100.
‘Toosie Slide’ is additionally Drake’s 37th Hot 100 top 10, lifting him to within one of Madonna’s record 38. The Beatles rank third with 34 top 10s, followed by Rihanna (31) and Michael Jackson (30).
In addition to their two No. 1s together, as noted above, Drake and Rihanna also share the No. 7-peaking ‘Take Care,’ in 2012 (with Drake in the lead role), while Drake helped the late Jackson land the latter’s 30th top 10, the No. 9 hit ‘Don’t Matter to Me’ (by Drake featuring Jackson), in 2018.
Drake scored his seventh total Hot 100 No. 1, as ‘Toosie Slide’ dethroned The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights,’ which spent two weeks on top. Although it departs the summit, ‘Blinding Lights’ took over atop the Radio Songs chart.
Drake recently shared the official video for ‘Toosie Slide’. The clip, directed by frequent collaborator Theo Skudra, captures the Toronto rapper dancing alone in his lavish home.
Prior to its release, ‘Toosie Slide’ had already inspired a viral dance on TikTok after a video clip of Atlanta dancer Toosie pulling some moves to the song appeared on social media. Drake later confirmed the track in the video was his next single.
The track was produced by Zurich producer OZ, who also shared the artwork for the release on his Instagram page. “Another anthem brought to you by Drake, produced by Me,” he captioned the post.