The other day, we were (a) stupefied at the notion of Drizzy Aubrey Drake Champagne Papi the Boy Graham having never had a No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100 as a lead artist and (b) thrilled at the prospect of "Hotline Bling" moving from No. 2 to the top spot next week.
On Wednesday night, October 14, Drake shared an Instagram post of a Billboard tweet about the potential record-breaking moment. The caption was pretty emotional:
"I spend my life trying to make waves for the city I am from. No accolades really matter to me other than the fact that I have never had a billboard number one. If I get my first number one during the month of October it will be the biggest moment of my career to date (in my mind) and if you are looking for me on that particular evening I will be passed out in the water slide that connects to our pool. I love you and thank you for these memories. I always love the moment right before it happens more than when it actually happens. So thank you...even if it doesn't."
October, of course, is everything for Drake. On October 24 he'll turn 29; on every day of the year, his label is called October's Very Own.
The closest Drizzy has previously come to a Hot 100 No. 1 as a solo artist was 2009's "Best I Ever Had," which went to No. 2; Rihanna's hit "What's My Name?" went to No. 1 and featured Drake. His buddy the Weeknd currently sits on top with "The Hills," which got a pair of remixes (one with Eminem, one with Nicki Minaj) over the weekend. (Abel dethroned himself for No. 1, with "Can't Feel My Face" the previous chart-topper.)