Somewhat incredibly, Drake has never scored a No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart as a lead artist — the rapper has amassed a record-setting 17 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay tally and a whopping 100 overall Hot 100 hits, but only Rihanna's "What's My Name?" (featuring Drake) has ever slid into the No. 1 spot. That might change next week, however, as “Hotline Bling” inches ever closer to the chart peak.
On this week’s Hot 100 chart, Drake’s latest single moves 3-2, swapping places with Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” (which became the Biebs’ first Hot 100 No. 1 hit last month) but still looking up at The Weeknd’s “The Hills.” As Billboard points out, “The Hills” is losing momentum in the No. 1 spot, while “Hotline Bling” is still gaining listeners.
Furthermore, the official music video for “Hotline Bling” has yet to be released — but Drake teased that the clip would be released very soon during his Austin City Limits headline performance last weekend. If that happens this week, “Hotline Bling’s” streaming numbers will be boosted, and the track will have a great shot at pushing to No. 1 on next week’s chart.
Drake has come closest to a Hot 100 No. 1 single with “Best I Ever Had,” which peaked at No. 2 in 2009. “Hotline Bling” may or may not appear on the track list to Views From the 6, Drake’s forthcoming album, which has yet to receive a release date.