Drake, the Canadian rap sensation, has achieved a remarkable feat by tying Michael Jackson’s record for the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This milestone was reached following the release of his latest album, For All the Dogs, on October 6. His collaboration with J. Cole, “First Person Shooter,” debuted at the No. 1 spot on the singles chart.
Drake’s achievement of 13 No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 puts him on par with the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Only The Beatles (20), Mariah Carey (19), and Rihanna (14) have more No. 1 hits than these two iconic artists.
To celebrate this accomplishment, Drake took to Instagram, sharing an edited selfie of the late Michael Jackson wearing an OVO hoodie. He playfully captioned it with “Mooooooooood.” In another post, he posted a picture of himself wearing a sparkly, MJ-inspired glove during a dinner outing.
Drake’s victory and his tie with Michael Jackson seem to be a matter of personal significance to him. On his track “First Person Shooter,” he rapped, “What the f***, bro? I’m one away from Michael / N****, beat it, n****,” hinting at his desire to surpass Jackson’s record.
However, Drake acknowledged that his song “Sicko Mode” technically marked his 14th No. 1 hit. Still, it wasn’t officially counted due to his feature status on the track, leaving room for more work to be done.
This week's #Hot100 top 10 (chart dated Oct. 21, 2023).— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) October 16, 2023
Drake’s recent album, For All the Dogs, has made a significant impact on the Billboard Hot 100. Seven of his tracks from the album occupy positions in the top 10. “IDGAF” with Yeat debuted at No. 2, followed by “Virginia Beach” at No. 3, “Calling for You” at No. 5, “Slime You Out” with SZA at No. 6, “Daylight” at No. 8, and “Fear of Heights” at No. 10.
For J. Cole, “First Person Shooter” represents his first-ever No. 1 single on the Hot 100, a milestone in his career. Previously, he had come close with “My Life” in 2021 and “All My Life,” a collaboration with Lil Durk earlier this year, both peaking at No. 2.
It’s worth noting that Drake had a posthumous collaboration with Michael Jackson on “Don’t Matter to Me” from his 2018 album Scorpion. Drake has always held a deep respect for Michael Jackson, acknowledging him as a significant influence in his life. He grew up watching the King of Pop’s work and continues to celebrate his enduring impact on the world of entertainment.