Drake rules for a 25th frame in 2018, nearing Usher’s record 28 frames on top in 2004.
Drake's "In My Feelings" scores a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Aug. 25).
Overall, the superstar tops the Hot 100 for a 25th week in 2018, thanks to his three No. 1s this year, moving closer to Usher's record for the most time in top in a single year: 28 weeks in 2004.
Let's run down 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. 21).
As it leads the Hot 100 for a sixth week, "Feelings," released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, likewise posts a sixth frame at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 71 million U.S. streams, down 24 percent, in the week ending Aug. 16, according to Nielsen Music. The song set the weekly streaming record on the chart dated July 28 with 116.2 million. It was first driven by the viral "In My Feelings" challenge, while its ficial video premiered Aug. 2.
"Feelings" also spends a sixth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart (38,000 downloads sold, down 33 percent, in the week ending Aug. 16). On Radio Songs, the track keeps at its No. 3 high with 109 million audience impressions, essentially even week-over-week, in the week ending Aug. 19.
Drake has now led the Hot 100 for 25 weeks in 2018, as 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 (with all songs from his album Scorpion). Here is a look at the acts to spend the most time at No. 1 in any January-December period in the Hot 100's 60-year history; Drake boasts the third- and fourth-best totals:
Usher set the mark 28 weeks at the Hot 100's apex four No. 1s in 2004: "Yeah!," featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris (12 weeks, beginning that Feb. 28); "Burn" (eight weeks, May 22); "Confessions Part II" (two, July 24); and "My Boo," with Alicia Keys (six, Oct. 30). He and Drake are the only artists with at least three songs to top the Hot 100 for at least six weeks each in a single year.
Drake also closes in on Usher's total weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100: Usher has accumulated 47, while Drake is up to 45. 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 30 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 sixth week each and spends a second week at No. 1 on the Songs the Summer chart, which ranks the top-performing titles on the Hot 100 between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, ranks at its No. 2 Hot 100 high for a second week, while ruling Radio Songs for a third week (129.7 million, down 1 percent). It dips 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (33,000, down 15 percent) and rebounds 7-6 on Streaming Songs (29.3 million, down 5 percent).
Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100; 6ix9ine's "FEFE," featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz, rises 5-4 after reaching No. 3; Post Malone's "Better Now" returns to its No. 5 peak from No. 6; and, Juice WRLD's No. 3-peaking "Lucid Dreams" rises 7-6.
After debuting a week earlier at No. 4 on the Hot 100, Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode" slips to No. 7, while parent album Astroworld logs a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Tyga's "Taste," featuring Offset, ascends 9-8 for a new peak; Ella Mai's No. 5-peaking "Boo'd Up" rises 10-9, while topping the Hot R&B Songs chart for a 12th week; and DJ Khaled's "No Brainer," featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Quavo, returns to the region (11-10), after debuting at No. 5 two weeks earlier. The collab climbs 20-14 on Radio Songs, up 12 percent to 52.6 million in audience.
Just outside the Hot 100's top 10, Khalid and Normani's "Love Lies" lifts to a new peak (15-11), while pushing 7-6 on Radio Songs (75.5 million, up 5 percent); 5 Seconds Summer's "Youngblood" bounds 22-17 with top Airplay Gainer honors, as it jumps 23-17 on Radio Songs (47.2 million, up 16 percent); Nicki Minaj's "Barbie Dreams" debuts at No. 18, as parent album Queen opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200; and, as Selena Gomez's "Back to You" bumps 33-25 on the Hot 100 (after reaching No. 22 in June), it becomes her seventh top 10 on Radio Songs (12-10; 60.1 million, up 9 percent).
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. 21), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (Aug. 24).