Drake Leads Billboard Hot 100 With ‘God’s Plan’ for Fifth Week, Drawing Monstrous 101.7 Million U.S. Streams
The smash joins Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” as the only songs to break the barrier of 100 million weekly streams. Drake also enters the top five as featured on BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive.”
Drake‘s “God’s Plan” leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a fifth week (dating to its debut at No. 1), logging a massive 101.7 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. The song is just the second ever to top the 100-million-streams milestone in a week, joining Baauer’s 2013 viral smash “Harlem Shake.” “Plan” surges following the Feb. 16 arrival of its official video.
Drake also enters the Hot 100’s top five as featured on BlocBoy JB’s “Look Alive,” which rises from No. 6 to No. 5.
Let’s run down the top 10 of the Hot 100 (dated March 3), which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 27).
As on the Hot 100, “Plan,” released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, logs its fifth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 35 percent to 101.7 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 22. The sum is the second-highest ever, trailing only Baauer’s “Shake,” which drew 103.1 million on the chart dated March 2, 2013, driven largely by viral videos incorporating the song’s official audio. “Shake” also boasts the third-highest streaming week: 97.6 million, on March 9, 2013.
The first five frames of “Plan” place among the eight top weekly totals overall, and the song has yet to draw fewer than 75.5 million U.S. streams (which it tallied in the week ending Feb. 15).
“Plan” posts a fourth week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, up 45 percent to 81,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 22.
On the Radio Songs chart, “Plan” blasts 13-8, up 21 percent to 76 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Feb. 25, becoming Drake’s 19th top 10. The track ascends to the top of two more airplay charts, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Songs, granting Drake his record-extending 23rd and 20th No. 1 on each list, respectively. It leads Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Airplay for a second week each (where it’s Drake’s record-extending 30th and 27th No. 1 on each respective ranking).
“Plan” makes the Hot 100’s top gain in airplay for a third week, while also claiming the top gains in streaming and sales. It’s the first No. 1 hit to sweep the chart’s top increases in all three metrics since The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, on Sept. 3, 2016 (its first of 12 weeks at No. 1). No incumbent No. 1 had earned such a triple since another smash involving Drake: Rihanna’s “Work,” featuring Drake, on March 12, 2016 (its second of nine weeks on top); like “Plan” this week, “Work” that frame surged after the release of its official video. Further, no song had scored such a hat trick in its fifth week at No. 1 or more, as “Plan” does this week, since Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring Pharrell and T.I., which did so in its ninth week on top (Aug. 17, 2013), the same frame that the song’s parent album of the same name launched at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Meanwhile, another tie-in for “Plan” with Baauer’s “Shake”: “Plan” is the first song by a solo male since “Shake” to spend its first five weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1 (with “Shake” having led for five total frames). Among all acts, “Plan” has spent the most weeks at No. 1 from its debut since Adele’s “Hello,” which led for its first 10 weeks in 2015-16.
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after six weeks at No. 1, and rules Radio Songs for an eighth week (138 million, down 2 percent).
Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” keeps at its No. 3 Hot 100 high and leads Hot R&B Songs for a seventh week.
Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” featuring Young Thug, is likewise steady, at No. 4, after topping the Jan. 27-dated Hot 100. As previously reported, the track reaches No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart, becoming the first hit by a woman to have led Adult Pop Songs, Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs since Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s megahit “One Sweet Day” in 1996.
BlocBoy JB’s first Hot 100 hit, “Look Alive,” featuring Drake, rises 6-5 in its second week. Powered most heavily by streams, the track gains by 12 percent to 37.9 million U.S. streams, as it holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs. For Drake, the song is his 10th top five Hot 100 hit. (He’s the second artist to notch two concurrent top five hits in 2018, following Cardi B on the Jan. 20-dated chart.)
Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, drops 5-6 on the Hot 100 after spending its first 22 weeks in the top five. As the song debuted at No. 2 (and earned eight weeks at No. 1), only one title has logged more time in the top five from its debut: Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” 27 weeks last year. That sum marked the entirety of the top-five run for “Shape,” tying The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” for the most weeks in the top five in the Hot 100’s 59-year history. At 22 weeks, “Rockstar” ranks in eighth place for the most time in the region.
As Black Panther: The Album posts a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, two songs from the soundtrack rank in the Hot 100’s top 10: Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” rises 9-7, and The Weeknd and Lamar’s “Pray for Me” lifts 11-9, after debuting at No. 7 two weeks ago.
In between those two tracks, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” slips to No. 8 from its No. 7 Hot 100 high. It tops Hot Country Songs for a 13th week, extending Rexha’s record for the most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s history for a song by a solo female. It also matches Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” (13 weeks, 2015) for the most weeks atop Hot Country Songs for a song featuring lead female vocals.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Migos’ “Stir Fry” is stationary at No. 10 after cooking up a No. 8 peak.
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly “Hot 100 Chart Moves” column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard‘s Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Feb. 27), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboardmagazine is on sale Friday (March 2).