Drake Makes Billboard Chart History Alongside The Notorious BIG

Drake has written another piece of history for himself, joining The Notorious B.I.G as the only other artist to have two songs claim the top spot in the Billboard Top 100 Hot Hip-Hop/ R&B Songs chart in their first week of release.

Biggie was the first artist to achieve the feat, with One More Chance taking out #1 in June 1995, followed up by his landmark single Hypnotize claiming top honours in its first week in May 1997.

Now Drizzy has equaled Biggie’s feat, with his new single Summer Sixteen removing Work, his own collaboration with Rihanna, from the top position.

According to Billboard, Summer Sixteen had over 215,000 digital downloads in its first week of release, ending on Feb 4, in addition to the 2.7 million streams on music services by fans of the song in the same period.

Since the chart’s conception in 1958 only 13 songs have ever debuted at number 1.

Rihanna has also featured twice in top position, but only as a feature artist, with her work with Eminem on The Monster debuting at number 1 in 2013.

Given both his age and current workload, it is very plausible that Drake could go into uncharted territory with three number 1 debuts in his career in the near future.

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