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One Dance just became Drake's first No. 1 hit as a lead artist

One Dance just became Drake's first No. 1 hit as a lead artist


Apple and Adele kept Hotline Bling out of the top spot last fall

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Caitlin Cronenberg

After scoring multiple No. 1 hits as a featured guest and racking up dozens of top 10 singles, Drake has finally earned his first solo chart-topping-single. According to Billboard, "One Dance" — one of the first two singles cut from Drake's new album Views, along with "Pop Style" — is taking the top spot on the newest edition of the Billboard Hot 100, beating out Desiigner's "Panda" and Lukas Graham's "7 Years." You can think of it as the cherry on top of Views' massive first-week sales: the album moved over 1 million equivalent album units in its first week of availability and smashed the record for first-week streaming totals, a feat it accomplished despite remaining an Apple Music exclusive.

How did Drake get this far without scoring a No. 1 hit as a lead artist? He's had nine other such songs creep into the top 10, including two that stalled out at No. 2: "Best I Ever Had" (cut from 2009's So Far Gone EP) and last year's massive "Hotline Bling," which was held out of the top spot by an exclusivity deal with Apple and unlucky timing. (Adele's "Hello" stormed onto the charts one week after "Hotline Bling" reached peak cultural saturation.) And while it's hard to believe that songs like "Take Care" and "Hold On, We're Going Home" didn't achieve the same kind of success as "One Dance," the numbers don't lie. Drake's only other No. 1 hits have been tied to Rihanna singles: he guested on 2010's "What's My Name?" and this year's "Work," both of which rose to the top spot.

"One Dance" may be Drake's first solo No. 1 hit, but there's a good chance it won't be his last. He's going to spin a few more singles off of Views before the album's release cycle wraps up, and a few candidates — particularly "Controlla" and the Rihanna feature "Too Good" — could have what it takes to give him another crack at the top spot.