Drake has broken his tie with Ariana Grande and BTS to be crowned the artist with the most No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart debuts.
Until his latest hit with Future, “Wait for U”, stormed to the top of the US chart, the superstar rapper was in joint place with the pop megastar and K-Pop boy band.
However, he now has six No.1 Hot 100 debuts to his name, with “Wait for U” joining “God’s Plan”, “Nice for What”, “Toosie Slide”, “What’s Next” and “Way 2 Sexy”. The hip-hop star has a total of 10 No.1 hits on the chart.
Ariana Grande made Billboard chart history with five No. 1 debuts towards the end of 2020, including “7 Rings”, “Thank U, Next”, “Stuck With U” with Justin Bieber, “Rain On Me” with Lady Gaga, and “Positions”.
As for BTS, they shot straight to the top of the Hot 100 with “Dynamite”, “Life Goes On”, “Butter”, “Permission to Dance”, and most recently, “My Universe” with Coldplay.
Drake smashing yet another chart record comes after it was revealed that the Canadian rapper re-signed with Universal Music Group in a deal reported to be worth a whopping $400 million.
UMG’s chairman Sir Lucian Grainge confirmed the Grammy winner inked an “expansive, multi-faceted deal” covering “recordings, publishing, merchandise and visual media projects” during the firm’s latest earnings call.
Since 2014, Drake has sold over 37 million albums. He was also recently confirmed as the first artist ever to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify. The Toronto rapper is one of the streaming service’s most popular artists, with his 2018 hit “God’s Plan” racking up 1.67 billion streams alone.
The Chart Data website, which keeps regular tabs on chart movements and streaming figures, announced in January that Drake has surpassed 50 billion combined streams (including featured credits) on Spotify.
The site noted that Drake is “the first artist in history to hit this milestone”.