Canadian hip-hop superstar Drake took the top spot from The Weeknd as "Tootsie Slide" debuts at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, setting a new record in the chart's history.
The "Tootsie Slide" artist is now officially the first male artist to debut three singles right at the top of the Hot 100 charts and second only to Mariah Carey, who achieved the same feat during the 1995-1997 charting period, according to a new report from Billboard.
Drake's latest chart-topper is also his seventh single to sit at the number 1 spot, ending The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" two-week run at the top. However, The Weeknd's latest hit takes over another Billboard chart as it peaks No. 1 at the Radio Songs chart.
The Hot 100 is the United States' standard music chart that tallies the total sales, both physical and digital, from all released singles in all genres. Drake's new TikTok theme takes over the spot of the Hot 100 chart dated April 18, expected to reflect on the Billboard website tomorrow, April 14.
A rare Billboard achievement
As Drake debuts "Tootsie Slide" right at the top, he makes history by being the first male artist to do so. Before the 2020 dance anthem, Drizzy has previously released two other singles, both from his fourth studio album "Scorpion." Opening at the number one spot was "God's Plan" that debuted at the Hot 100 dated February 3, 2018, and reigned until it was displaced by his next Hot Shot Debut single "Nice for What" on the chart dated April 21, 2018.
Before the "Hotline Bling" rapper's milestone, Mariah Carey has also opened three hits at the top of the Hot 100, starting with "Fantasy" on September 30, 1995. Two months later, it was followed by the Boyz II Men collab "One Sweet Day" on the chart dated December 2, 1995. Mimi's third hot shot debuting song was "Honey" on September 13, 1997.
Following Drake and Mariah Carey would be Britney Spears with "3" (October 24, 2009) and "Hold it Against Me" (January 29, 2011), Justin Bieber with "What Do You Mean" (September 19, 2015) and the DJ Khaled collab "I'm The One" (May 20, 2017), and Ariana Grande with "Thank U, Next" (November 17, 2018) and "7 Rings" (February 2, 2019)
The 6 God's 7th chart-topper
Billboard Hot 100's new No.1 is now Drake's seventh work to start at the top, following his other singles beginning with the Rihanna-led "What's My Name?" (November 20, 2010) which stayed for one week. His other chart-toppers are as follows, including the length and the start of their respective reigns on the Hot 100:
- "Work," Rihanna ft. Drake, nine weeks starting March 5, 2016
- "One Dance," Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla, ten weeks beginning May 21, 2016
- "God's Plan," Drake, eleven weeks beginning February 3, 2018
- "Nice for What," Drake, eight weeks starting April 21, 2018
- "In My Feelings," Drake, ten weeks starting July 21, 2018
Aside from the above records set by Drake, the Canadian music icon is now in the running for the artist with the "Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100." His seven chart-toppers, now including "Tootsie Slide," is currently at 50 weeks, putting him at par with Boyz II Men (50 weeks) and behind The Beatles (59 weeks), Rihanna (60 weeks), and Mariah Carey (82 weeks.)