Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ Leads Billboard Hot 100 for Seventh Week, Ariana Grande’s ‘God Is A Woman’ Hits Top 10
Drake rules for a 26th frame in 2018, matching The Black Eyed Peas for the second-best sum by any act in a calendar year.
The song’s latest term gives Drake a 26th week atop the chart in 2018, thanks to a trio of No. 1 hits this year, tying The Black Eyed Peas for the second-longest stint in any calendar year.
Let’s dive into the top 10 on the newest Hot 100, which blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Aug. 28).
As it leads the Hot 100 for a seventh week, “Feelings,” released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, likewise nabs a seventh frame at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 59.4 million U.S. streams, down 16 percent, in the week ending Aug. 23, according to Nielsen Music. The song set the weekly streaming record with 116.2 million clicks in the week ending July 19. It was first driven by the viral “In My Feelings” challenge, while its official videopremiered Aug. 2.
After six weeks in charge of the Digital Song Sales chart, “Feelings” slips to No. 2 as it posts 30,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 23, down 21 percent. On Radio Songs, the track falls 3-4 with a 3 percent dip to 106 million in audience in the week ending Aug. 26, according to Nielsen Music.
Drake has now commanded the Hot 100 for 26 weeks in 2018, all with tracks from his Scorpion album. Prior to “Feelings,” “Nice for What” notched eight weeks at No. 1 beginning April 21, directly succeeding “God’s Plan” after 11 weeks on top.
Drake’s 26-week tally equals The Black Eyed Peas’ as the second-best in any calendar year. The quartet conquered the chart in 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” (12 weeks) and “I Gotta Feeling” (14). Notably, the Peas ran the table for 26 consecutive weeks, still the longest uninterrupted stretch by any one act in Hot 100 history.
Here is an updated look at the acts to spend the most time at No. 1 in any calendar year in the Hot 100’s 60-year history:
28 weeks, Usher, 2004
26 weeks, Drake, 2018
26 weeks, The Black Eyed Peas, 2009
19 weeks, Drake, 2016
19 weeks, Puff Daddy, 1997
18 weeks, Monica, 1998
18 weeks, The Beatles, 1964
17 weeks, Justin Bieber, 2017
17 weeks, Beyonce, 2003
17 weeks, Nelly, 2002
17 weeks, Boyz II Men, 1994
Usher set the mark of 28 weeks at the Hot 100’s apex via four No. 1s in 2004: “Yeah!,” featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (12 weeks, beginning Feb. 28); “Burn” (eight weeks, May 22); “Confessions Part II” (two, July 24); and “My Boo,” with Alicia Keys (six, Oct. 30).
As Drake nears Usher’s single-year record of 28 weeks atop the Hot 100, he also moves within one week of tying his career total weeks at No. 1 on the chart: Usher has accumulated 47, while Drake now sits at 46. Only four acts have totaled more time at No. 1: Mariah Carey (79 weeks), Rihanna (60), The Beatles (59) and Boyz II Men (50).
Additionally, rap songs have now led the Hot 100 for a record-extending 31 consecutive weeks. Along with Drake’s “Feelings,” “Nice” and “Plan,” the streak includes Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” (for two weeks); Post Malone‘s “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign (one); XXXTentacion‘s “Sad!” (one); and Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin‘s “I Like It” (one).
“Feelings” concurrently tops the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a seventh week each. It also spends a third week at No. 1 on the Songs of the Summer chart, which ranks the top-performing titles on the Hot 100 between Memorial Day and Labor Day, as the contest enters the homestretch, with one tracking week remaining. The winner is scheduled to be revealed on Wed. Sept 5.
Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You,” featuring Cardi B, ranks at its No. 2 Hot 100 high for a third week, while ruling Radio Songs for a fifth week (128 million, down 1 percent). It holds at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales (30,000, down 9 percent) and climbs 6-5 on Streaming Songs (31.2 million, up 6 percent), matching its highest rank yet on the chart.
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s former No. 1 hit “I Like It” holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100, while it tops the Digital Song Sales chart for the first time, in its 20th chart week. The collaboration moved 32,000 downloads in the week, a 4 percent dip.
With “Like” needing 20 weeks to top Digital Song Sales, it claims the sixth-longest wait to the summit since the chart began in 2004. Only The All-American Rejects’ “Dirty Little Secret,” (26 weeks, reaching No. 1 in 2006), Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” (25, 2010), The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” (25, 2006), Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance,” featuring Colby O’Donis (24, 2009) and Adele’s “Set Fire to The Rain” (23, 2012) required more time to ascend to No. 1.
Back on the Hot 100, 6ix9ine’s “FEFE,” featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz stays at No. 4 after having previously hit No. 3. The collab also takes over atop the On-Demand Streaming Songs chart, which ranks the biggest on-demand audio streaming titles each week. “FEFE” clocks 24.8 million on-demand audio clicks in the week.
Post Malone’s “Better Now” is steady at No. 5 on the Hot 100, while Juice WRLD’s No. 3-peaking “Lucid Dreams” keeps at No. 6.
Ariana Grande doubles up in the top 10 as “No Tears Left to Cry” rebounds 12-7, after having previously reached No. 3. The single flies 32-16 on Streaming Songs (18.3 million, up 47 percent) and holds at No. 7 on Radio Songs (68 million, down 8 percent).
Directly below “Tears” on the Hot 100, Grande’s “God Is A Woman,” rockets 30-8 and secures her 10th top 10 hit. The song rallies 24-8 on Streaming Songs (22.8 million, up 68 percent) and 32-12 on Digital Song Sales (16,000, up 78 percent), helped by live televised performances of the song in the tracking week, including at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20, and a discount $0.69 price on iTunes. “Woman” also darts 46-39 on Radio Songs in its second week on the chart (29 million, up 22 percent).
As “Woman” roars, Grande becomes only the 12th artist to have logged at least 10 Hot 100 top 10s in the 2010s decade. Among women, she ties the tallies of Kesha and Lady Gaga for the fifth-best sum. Rihanna leads all women, with 19 top 10s in the decade, followed by Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift (each with 17), and Katy Perry (11). Drake leads all acts in that time span, with 29 visits to the region.
Just outside the Hot 100’s top 10, Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies” posts a second week at its No. 11 high, as it advances 6-5 on Radio Songs (82 million, up 9 percent). 5 Seconds of Summer pushes into the top 15 on the Hot 100 as “Youngblood” rises 17-15, while Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid’s collaboration “Eastside” hits the top 40 for the first time, thanks to a 48-31 vault. Plus, Luke Bryan lands his 17th top 40 trip on the Hot 100 as “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” climbs 47-40.
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 (Aug. 28), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh.