There isn’t much movement on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart dated June 9. Drake remains number-one with “Nice for What” for the second week in a row and the sixth week overall. But that’s enough to tie him with Michael Jackson for the second most weeks spent at number-one on the singles chart for a male solo artist. Drake has spent 37 weeks in the top spot over the course of his career. Only Usher has more (47).
Almost half of those weeks at number-one (46%) have actually come in 2018. Before the year started Drake had spent 20 weeks on top. Then he led the chart for 11 weeks with “God’s Plan,” the longest-running number-one hit of his career so far. Now another six weeks for “Nice for What” puts him in historic territory. The previous chart-toppers that got him to this milestone were “One Dance” featuring Wizkid and Kyla, which spent 10 weeks at number-one; “Work” with Rihanna, which led for nine weeks; and “What’s My Name” with Rihanna, which led for one week.
But while 37 weeks at number-one is an impressive achievement, that’s nothing compared to the chart’s top female artists. Mariah Carey has spent a record 79 weeks at number-one from 18 hits. And Drake’s frequent collaborator Rihanna has topped the chart for 60 weeks from 14 hits.
But while Carey and Rihanna have him beat on the total number of weeks at the pinnacle, Drake tends to stay there longer when he gets there. His 37 weeks have come from only five singles, giving him an average of 7.4 weeks for every number-one hit. So does that mean “Nice for What” has yet more mileage in it?