Chart Check [Hot 100]: Drake Breaks Michael Jackson’s Record For Most Weeks at #1 Among Males

Published: Thursday 21st Jun 2018 by Rashad

After a one-week vacation from the top thanks to a temporary ousting by Post Malone & Ty Dolla $ign‘s ‘Psycho,’ rapper Drake‘s back at #1 with his unrelenting hit, ‘Nice For What.’  As usual, a handsome mix of radio airplay, digital downloads, and streams (powered mostly by the latter) led to the Grammy winner’s recapturing of the top spot.

Billboard reports:

‘”Nice,” released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, revisits the Hot 100’s top spot, as it rises 4-3 on Streaming Songs (31.6 million U.S. streams, down 8 percent, in the week ending June 14, according to Nielsen Music)…6-4 on Radio Songs (87.5 million in audience in the week ending June 17)…10-7 on Digital Song Sales (20,000 downloads sold, down 3 percent, in the week ending June 14)…’

The move, as we forecasted here, gave him just the push he needed to surpass Michael Jackson‘s Hot 100 record.  That’s right, with just five #1s to his credit, Drizzy’s now entered history books with the second most weeks at #1 among males.

Details inside:


Drake earns his 38th cumulative week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, totaled by his five No. 1s; he previously led as featured on Rihanna’s “What’s My Name? (one week, 2010) and “Work” (nine weeks, 2016) and with his own “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla (10 weeks, 2016), and “God’s Plan” (11 weeks, 2018).

Drake passes Michael Jackson for the second-most weeks spent at No. 1 among solo males, after Usher. Among all artists, Drake now owns a solo share of seventh place:

Most Weeks at No. 1 in Hot 100’s History
79, Mariah Carey
60, Rihanna
59, The Beatles
50, Boyz II Men
47, Usher
42, Beyonce
38, Drake
37, Michael Jackson
34, Elton John
33, Janet Jackson
33, Katy Perry

Hot 100 This Week


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  1. ? + ✈ = ? June 21, 2018

    Cardi could’ve been number 1 if she didn’t put a hold on promo

    • China June 22, 2018

      Cardi, could have had the BIGGEST selling rap CD female of all time….she has hit after hit after hit but SHE’S down at this time. Which sucks for her promotion and video shooting. MARIAH did that with the number 1’s. Werkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

      • ??? June 22, 2018

        lmao corni wouldnt have had nothing, bissh hasnt even sold 170k albums yet lmfaooooooooo

  2. justafan June 21, 2018

    thankfully we got Cardi to knock this imposter off next week

    • ??? June 22, 2018

      lmaoooo keep dreaming lmfaoooo

  3. Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) June 22, 2018

    When MJ was on the charts there was heavy competition in all genres for the number 1 spot. Drake is competing with no one and consumers are not spending the millions they did on singles and albums during the 80s and 90s. Since records are selling pennies on the dollar these days then the records would have to be on the charts 100 x times the amount of time they were on the charts in the 80s and 90s for the numbers to make sense.

    • Casual June 22, 2018

      So true. When Bad was out in 1987-88, it was extremely difficult for an artist to score more than 2 weeks at #1, so Michael Jackson’s 5 #1s from that album only totaled 7 weeks at #1. The playing field is totally different.

      Likewise with some of the other records. When Physical ruled the Hot 100 for 10 weeks in 1981-82, it was a monumental achievement, helped by the September release (which caused the single to peak during the holidays) and slowed playlists during Christmas. Records started racking up long reigns starting with Soundscan. Immediately, you saw Boyz II Men, Whitney, and Mariah Carey surpass longstanding records quick succession.

  4. Stephon Jackson June 22, 2018

    This wasn’t even Michael’s record. It’s Ushers. smh

    • SMH June 22, 2018

      Exactly, so I don’t get why theyre mentioning Michael when he’s not even in 1st place.

  5. Keira June 22, 2018

    MARIAH CAREY!!!!! ♥

  6. Yolanda June 22, 2018

    This is suspect.

  7. Yolanda June 22, 2018

    Cardi should’ve performed I Like It on Ellen and Fallon.

  8. Caleb June 22, 2018

    Oh so all those predictions about Cardi having the #1 and #2 spot were just wishful thinking because “I Like It” is sitting exactly where it was last week.

    • ??? June 22, 2018

      lmao exactly, corni fans kill me, theyre delusional idiots just like the roach nest lmfaoooo

  9. SMH June 22, 2018

    Nice for him, but Usher still sits at the top.

  10. DIABETES UNBOTHERED June 22, 2018

    If you add DC bey would actually tie rihanna despite less #1s for 60 or more wks ?

  11. DanYiel Iman June 22, 2018

    It’s a shame great music is in the running against pop-rap Aubrey from Degrassi on Nickelodeon!!

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