Drake Sets New Chart Record As ‘Toosie Slide’ Debuts At No. 1

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Canadian hip-hop superstar Drake took the top spot from The Weeknd as “Toosie Slide” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, setting a new record in the chart’s history.

The “Toosie Slide” artist is now officially the first male artist — and second overall act — to debut three songs atop the Billboard Hot 100 song chart.

“Toosie Slide” joins “God’s Plan,” which immediately landed at No. 1 when it was released back in February 2018, and “Nice for What,” which actually knocked “God’s Plan” off the top spot when it arrived in April of the same year.

Drake now finds himself in good company, matching Mariah Carey’s achievement of three No. 1 debuts on the Hot 100 between 1995 and 1997.

After knocking The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” from the top spot, Drake’s “Toosie Slide” also becomes the rapper’s seventh total No. 1 on the Hot 100. In addition to “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What,” his other chart-topping singles include “What’s My Name?” with Rihanna, “Work” (also with Rihanna), “One Dance” with WizKid & Kyla, and “In My Feelings.”

Drake also released a quarantine-themed music video for “Toosie Slide” in April in which he responsibly dons a mask.

“Toosie Slide” was released on April 3, 2020, through Republic and OVO. The song is titled after social media influencer Toosie who had previously helped the song go viral.

Halsey Tops Billboard 200 Chart With “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom”

United States pop singer Halsey scored her first No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” making her the first solo female artist to top the album chart in 2017, according to data on Monday from Nielsen SoundScan.

Halsey, who shot to international fame last year as the featured singer on The Chainsmokers’ hit summer single “Closer,” sold 105,000 units of her second studio album.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn.” held onto second place on the Billboard 200 with 72,000 more units sold in its eighth week, while The Beatles extended their chart comeback with a further 44,000 sales for 50th anniversary remastered “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, which dipped from 3rd to the No.4 spot.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

On the digital songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber held onto the top spot for a fifth week with another 140,0000 copies sold.

Drake Breaks Adele’s Record At Billboard Awards

The Billboard Music Awards were held in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 21) and Drake topped Adele’s previous record of 12 Billboard wins in a single night, taking home 13 awards. Among his wins were Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Male Artist, and the night’s biggest honor, Top Artist.

Beyonce and Twenty One Pilots each took 5 awards, although they were absent from the ceremony, and The Chainsmokers earned four, including Top Collaboration and Top Song for their song with Halsey, “Closer.”

Blake Shelton took home the award for Top Country Artist, and Top Country Song went to Florida Georgia Line.

Other show highlights included Cher receiving the Icon Award for her life achievement in music.

Wizkid Scores Seven Billboard Music Awards Nominations After Grammy Disappointment

Wizkid, artist of the yearWizkid may have missed out on a Grammy earlier this year, but his rise on the global music scene has continued with the Nigerian star bagging seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards.

After “One Dance”, Drake’s hit collaboration with him and Kyla, was shockingly ignored at the Grammys, it has gone on to score him seven nominations and a better chance of winning.

The popstar was nominated for Top Hot 100 Song, Top Selling Song, Top Radio Song, Top Streaming Song, Top Collaboration, Top R&B Song and Top R&B Collaboration, just one nod short of Beyonce’s eight nominations.

And Billboard took to Twitter to congratulate him.

Drake and The Chainsmokers lead the Billboard Music Awards nominations list with 22 nods; followed by Twenty One Pilots (17) and Rihana (14).

The awards, which will be hosted by Ludacris and Vanessa Hudgens, will take place on Sunday night.

R.Kelly Drops New Single, My Story Featuring 2Chainz

Music maestro, R.Kelly has released a brand new single titled ‘My Story,’ featuring popular rapper, 2 Chainz.

The 46-year old American singer-songwriter and record producer who is known for many hits like ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ ‘Storm Is Over,’ ‘Trapped in the closet,’ expressed excitement about his successful career on social media site, Facebook.

“They say life is just a game and I thank God that I’m winning,” he said.

In March 2011, R. Kelly was named the most successful R&B artist of the last 25 years by Billboard.

According to Wikipedia, Kelly has released 10 studio albums, sold 38.5 million albums in the U.S. and over 54 million albums worldwide making him the most successful R&B male artist of 1990s.