No one can dislodge Ed Sheeran‘s “Shape of You” from the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart. On the chart dated April 8 it’s number-one for the ninth week, and it’s now only the third song to spend three weeks as the top song in digital sales, radio airplay and streaming simultaneously. The other two were Billboard chart behemoths “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey and “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.
“Closer” spent 12 weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100, and “Uptown Funk” spent 14 weeks at number-one, so if “Shape of You” follows their trajectory we might see it reign for another month. But despite Sheeran’s continued success, Drake is arguably the bigger story. His new album “More Life” was released on March 18, and it scored the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart largely on the success of record-breaking streams. The success of that new album has translated to a takeover of the Hot 100 singles chart. All 22 songs from the album charted this week, which in addition to two other songs he currently has on the chart, gives him 24 simultaneously charting singles — almost a quarter of the entire Hot 100. That’s a new record.
Twenty-one of those songs are on the chart for the first time, which is the most chart debuts for any artist in a single week. And those bring his career total to 154 songs in the Hot 100, which surpasses Lil Wayne for the most chart entries ever for a solo artist. Now he’s behind only the cast of “Glee,” who charted 207 songs over the course of that FOX show’s run.
Two of Drake’s new singles debuted in the top 10: “Passionfruit” at number-eight and “Portland” featuring Quavo and Travis Scott at number-nine. That makes Drake only the second artist ever to have two top-10 debuts at the same time, following Sheeran. To say the least it was a pretty good week for the Canadian rapper.
Still fighting Sheeran for the top spot is Bruno Mars (“That’s What I Like”), holding steady in second place. Taylor Swift and Zayn (“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”) move back up to number-three from number-four last week; it previously peaked at number-two. Former number-one hit “Bad and Boujee,” by Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert, dips slightly from number-three to number-four. While The Weeknd and Daft Punk (“I Feel it Coming”) remains at number-five.
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