Drake Ties The Notorious B.I.G.’s Billboard Record For Most No. 1 Debuts
Drake continues to carve out his legacy in the history books and joins The Notorious B.I.G. as a Billboard record holder. The Toronto MC's "Summer Sixteen" debuted at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and Drizzy joined The Notorious B.I.G. and Rihanna as the only artists in the history of the chart to have more than one song enter at No. 1 in its first week. Drake's "Summer Sixteen" replaced "Work," his collaboration with Rihanna, at the top.
In the mid '90s, The Notorious B.I.G. had two tracks hit No. 1. On June 24, 1995, "One More Chance" took the crown and on May 3, 1997, "Hypnotize," the landmark single from his posthumous Life After Death album, did the same.
Since the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart was started in Oct. 1958, only 13 songs have debuted at No.1. Now that Drake has led the chart twice, he, The Notorious B.I.G. and Rihanna account for just about half of those songs. Based on his current pace and trajectory, it's completely within the realm of possibility that Drizzy will hold the record himself by the end of 2016.
"Summer Sixteen" debuted Jan. 30 on Apple Music Beats 1's OVO Sound Radio on Jan. 30 and, according to Billboard, sold 215,000 digital downloads in the week ending Feb. 4. The song was also streamed 2.7 million times during that same time period.
Along with the No. 1 position on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, the track landed at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 43 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. "Summer Sixteen" is a warmup for the rapper's long-awaited, highly-anticipated Views From the 6 album, which is set to drop in April.
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