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DRAKE'S 'GOD'S PLAN' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD HOT 100
The track launches with a record on-demand streaming total. Drake also arrives at No. 7 with "Diplomatic Immunity," becoming the first act to twice debut two songs in the top 10 simultaneously.
Drake's "God's Plan" launches at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Feb. 3), blasting in with a record on-demand streaming total in its first week.
The song arrived late on Jan. 19, along with fellow new track "Diplomatic Immunity," which enters the Hot 100 at No. 7, making Drake the first act to have twice debuted two songs in the top 10 simultaneously. "Plan" and "Immunity" are paired on Drake's new "Scary Hours" two-track single, released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records. The former is the 1,071st No. 1 in the Hot 100's history, which dates to the chart's Aug. 4, 1958, inception.
As we do every Monday, let's run down the top 10 of the Hot 100, which blends all-genre streaming, airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 30).
No. 1 in streaming & sales: "Plan" soars in at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, with 82.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. The sum marks the fourth-greatest for a title in a week on Streaming Songs, after Baauer's "Harlem Shake" (103.1 million and 97.6 million in its first and second weeks, March 2 and 9, 2013, respectively, driven largely by viral videos incorporating the song's official audio) and Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" (84.5 million; Sept. 16, 2017).
"Plan" also starts at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales with 127,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 25. With the song's airplay promotion just beginning, it also boasts 24 million in all-format airplay audience in the week ending Jan. 28 (and ranks just below the Radio Songs chart).
Drake notches his eighth Digital Song Sales No. 1 and his third leader on Streaming Songs.
On-demand streaming record: On the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart, "Plan" vaults in with a record 68 million on-demand U.S. streams. That shatters the prior weekly mark, set when Kendrick Lamar's' "Humble." launched at No. 1 with 44.4 million on May 6, 2017.
Drake's fourth No. 1: Drake earns his fourth Hot 100 No. 1 and second as a lead artist. He first ruled as featured on Rihanna's "What's My Name?," which topped the Nov. 20, 2010-dated chart , and then as featured on her "Work," which began a nine-week reign on March 5, 2016. He followed with his own "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, which dominated for 10 weeks beginning May 21, 2016.
No. 1 debut: "Plan" marks Drake's first debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It's the chart's first since DJ Khaled's "I'm the One," featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, which roared in on top May 20, 2017. "Plan" is the 29th title to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Two debuts in top 10: With "Plan" and "Immunity" new at No. 1s and 7, respectively, Drake is the first artist to debut two songs in the Hot 100's top 10 simultaneously twice. On Jan. 28, 2017, Ed Sheeran opened at No. 1 with "Shape of You" and at No. 6 with "Castle on the Hill." Then, on April 8, 2017, Drake debuted at No. 8 with "Passionfruit" and No. 9 with "Portland," featuring Quavo and Travis Scott.
"Immunity" opens at No. 6 on Streaming Songs with 28.4 million U.S. streams. On On-Demand Songs, "Immunity" bows at No. 2 with 25.2 million. Twice before in the latter chart's nearly five-year history had an artist debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently, with one prior week also by Drake: on Dec. 31, 2016, J. Cole opened at Nos. 1-7, led by "Deja Vu" at No. 1; on April 8, 2017, Drake began at Nos. 1-6, paced by "Passionfruit" at No. 1.
"Immunity" begins at No. 4 on Digital Song Sales with 39,000 sold.
Higher power: Drake's new No. 1 marks the third Hot 100 leader with "God" in its title. Do you remember the other two? Answer at the end of this story.
No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & Hot Rap Songs: "Plan" concurrently launches at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. Drake tallies his 17th leader on the former ranking and record-extending 18th on the latter; Lil Wayne and Diddy follow with 10 Hot Rap Songs No. 1s each.
159 on the Hot 100: With two debuts, Drake additionally ups his count to 159 career Hot 100 entries, extending his mark for the most among soloists in the chart's archives. Among all acts, only the cast of Fox's Glee has totaled more (207).
22 Hot 100 top 10s: Drake collects his 21st and 22nd Hot 100 top 10s, tying Taylor Swift for 13th place among artists with the most top 10s. Among men, he ranks sixth, after Michael Jackson (29), Stevie Wonder (28), Elton John (27), Elvis Presley (25) and Paul McCartney (25). Madonna leads all acts with 38 top 10s.
U.S. & U.K.: Along with its entrance atop the Hot 100, Drake's "Plan" concurrently debuts at No. 1 on the Official UK Singles chart. It's the first song to open atop both tallies in the same week since DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" (last May 20).
Drake earns his third Official UK Singles chart No. 1, after "What's My Name" and "One Dance"; the latter led for 15 weeks in 2016, the chart's longest command this decade.
As for the rest of the Hot 100's top 10 … Sheeran's "Perfect" holds at No. 2 after six weeks at No. 1. It tops Radio Songs for a fourth week (152 million, essentially even week-over-week). After ascending to No. 1 on the Hot 100 a week ago, Camila Cabello's "Havana," featuring Young Thug, drops to No. 3. Post Malone's "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, retreats 3-4 on the Hot 100, after leading for eight weeks.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" falls 4-5, after reaching No. 3. The track tops Hot R&B Songs for a third week. It claims the Hot 100's top airplay gain, as it boosts 10-8 on Radio Songs (74 million, up 17 percent).
Halsey's "Bad at Love" drops to No. 6 from its No. 5 Hot 100 high and, below Drake's "Immunity" at No. 7, Dua Lipa's "New Rules" holds at its No. 8 peak; as previously reported, "Rules" becomes her first No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay chart.
Capping the Hot 100's top 10, Imagine Dragons' No. 4-peaking "Thunder" slips 6-9 on the Hot 100, as it rules Hot Rock Songs for a 13th week, while G-Eazy's fellow No. 4 hit "No Limit," featuring A$AP Rocky and Cardi B, slides 7-10.
Quiz answer: Drake's "God's Plan" is the third Hot 100 leader with "God" in its title. The prior two to ascend to the chart's highest spot? Mariah Carey's "Thank God I Found You," featuring Joe and 98 Degrees (2000), and John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (1975).
Find out more Hot 100 news in the weekly "Hot 100 Chart Moves" column and by listening (and subscribing) to Billboard's Chart Beat Podcast and Pop Shop Podcast. And again, be sure to visit Billboard.com tomorrow (Jan. 30), when all charts, including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh. The next issue of Billboard magazine is on sale Friday (Feb. 2).