Drake’s 8-Year Streak on the Hot 100 Ends

Drake's 8-Year Streak on the Hot 100 EndsEntertainment

Earlier this year, Drake added another prestigious accolade to his resumé when he became the first artist to remain on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart for eight uninterrupted years. But on the chart’s Aug. 25, 2017 edition, the 30-year-old rapper’s name doesn’t appear as a primary or featured artist, marking the end of a staggering, 430-week streak.

Drake’s presence on the Hot 100 began when his single “Best I Ever Had” charted at No. 92 on the chart’s May 23, 2009 edition. (The song eventually peaked at No. 2.) Over the last eight years, Drake has launched 11 of his own tracks into the chart’s top 10 and appeared on seven tracks by other artists that charted that high; in 2016, he scored his first No. 1 as a primary artist (“One Dance”) and his second No. 1 as a featured artist (on Rihanna’s “Work”). Dozens of other Drake songs have also appeared lower on the chart.

Drake's 8-Year Streak on the Hot 100 EndsEntertainment

Drake's 8-Year Streak on the Hot 100 EndsEntertainment Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Though his streak has ended, don’t expect another artist to claim Drake’s mantle anytime soon. His perennial collaborators Lil Wayne and Rihanna rank second and third on the all-time list — but their current streaks only total 336 and 226 weeks, respectively. And Drake himself shouldn’t stay off the charts for long: Two of his songs appeared on last week’s edition — “Passionfruit” (No. 81) and “Signs” (No. 100) — and he has yet to release a music video for any of the tracks off his March project More Life.

This summer has proven an interesting one for the Hot 100. “Despacito” appears on the verge of breaking Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s record for most consecutive weeks at No. 1, while the chart has sported a dearth of female artists.

Source: ew.com