Drake once urged everyone to “toast to the fact that I’ve moved out my mama’s basement.” Well at this point, we think the Canadian rapper is well past a simple toast, and has earned himself crates full of champagne instead. The good stuff too, not just that “sparkling wine” substitute.
That’s because Drake has now gone from “that kid on Degrassi” to someone who has officially hit a level of fame so high it rivals that of Michael Jackson. You know, without the weird ranch or lawsuits.
Views, the latest album from the record-breaking artist, has now broken new records. Not only has it been the No. 1 album on Billboard’s chart for the past nine weeks, but his single “One Dance” has been right up there in the top slot as well for the past seven. That makes Drake the second male artist to ever have an album and a single on top of the charts for seven weeks running. Who was the first? You guessed it — MJ.
Back in 1983 Jackson was king of the charts when he released Thriller, and people were equally obsessed with the album and the single “Billie Jean.”
Actually, Drake would have even surpassed MJ’s record had Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” single not trumped “One Dance” for one week back at the beginning of the streak. But hey – now that Drake’s single has been on top for seven weeks straight, here’s hoping he may be able to do it anyhow. Heck, one more week on top of Billboard’s 200 and Views will even tie with Adele‘s 21 for longest chart-topping album.
Of course neither MJ, Drake nor Adele hold the overall record for commanding the charts. That would go to a female artist known as Whitney Houston. Perhaps you’ve heard of her? Back in 1992 she made those charts her mistress for a whopping 12 weeks. That record is tied with The Beatles for the longest streak of all time. Oh, and apparently The Monkees were on top for about seven weeks too, which means it’s technically a three-way tie between them, Drake and Jackson in terms of singles and albums.
Crazy how there seems to be a record for almost everything, isn’t it?
The good news for Drake fans is that he still has time to drop his “One Dance” video. When he does, we kind of expect the charts to go crazy all over again.
This all makes Drake’s level of success pretty much officially epic. Let’s just go ahead and start calling this the Summer of Drake now, shall we? We suppose that’s what happens when you launch a record with an epic meme campaign.
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