This week, Drake’s new full-length Certified Lover Boy is far and away the most successful release, as the title blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with the largest opening sum of 2021. The set performed so spectacularly thanks in large part to it’s massive streaming figures, as it racked up the second-most plays on platforms like Apple Music and Spotify for an album in a single wek of all time. In fact, Drake’s latest missed the all-time record, which he set several years ago, by just a few million listens.
All those hundreds of millions of streams ensure that the 21 songs featured on Certified Lover Boy debut on the Hot 100, with Drake making history in a number of ways by dominating the list like nobody before. He scores another No. 1 debut and fills all but one space inside the top 10 (a first), including the entirety of the top five.
By filling spots Nos. 1 through 5 on this week’s Hot 100, Drake matches one of The Beatles’ greatest feats on the ranking, as they were the only act to chart the top five songs at once up until this frame.
Drake returns to the No. 1 rung on the Hot 100 for the ninth time in his career with his latest instant winner, “Way 2 Sexy,” which becomes his record-matching fifth immediate ruler. The tune also grants featured acts Young Thug and Future their third and first champion, respectively.
Just beneath the penthouse, Drake also fills the next four spaces, with “Girls Want Girls” featuring Lil Baby opening at No. 2, “Fair Trade” with Travis Scott launching at No. 3, his solo cut “Champagne Poetry” kicking off its time on the Hot 100 at No. 4 and “Knife Talk” with both 21 Savage and Project Pat entering the tally at No. 5.
The only song present inside the top 10 on this week’s Hot 100 that isn’t by Drake is “Stay,” a collaboration between The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber. The tune dips from No. 2 to No. 6, and it may shoot back to the summit next frame.
According to Billboard, The Beatles also filled spots one through five on the Hot 100 way back in 1964, and until now, this was a piece of history that belonged to them and them alone. In April of that year, the British rock band charted all of the following smashes inside the uppermost half of the top 10: “Can’t Buy Me Love” (No. 1), “Twist and Shout” (No. 2), “She Loves You” (No. 3), “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (No. 4) and “Please Please Me” (No. 5).
Drake now holds the records for the most No. 1 debuts (five, a tie with Ariana Grande), the most top 10 hits in Hot 100 history (54), the most top 10 debuts (39) and the most simultaneous top 10s (nine).