Cam’s Billboard Review

Cam Arvidson (TheLorian)

Over the last few weeks, Toronto artist Drake has cemented another chapter of what seems to be a tradition for the rapper. Since the Sept. 3 release of his newest album, “Certified Lover Boy,” the album has stayed in the top five on the Billboard200, currently in its fourth week at number one out of six weeks on the chart. Adding to his chart dominance for over the past decade, Drake also sits at number one on the Artist100 chart and has a single in the top five on the Hot100. “Certified Lover Boy” also marked Drake’s 10th number one album, tying him with Eminem, Kanye West, and Elvis Presley for most number one albums all-time. The Beatles, who Drake surpassed with the most top ten singles of all time, hold the record for most number-one albums with 19.

Pushing to number one on the Hot100 was Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” after spending twelve weeks on the chart. It’s the first week the single has reached the number one spot, after debuting at number two back in July. Interestingly enough, Lil Nas X teamed up with Kanye West and Take A Daytrip as the co-producers of the song. When it hit number one, Kanye West broke the record for producing the most number-one hip-hop singles on the Hot100. It was also West’s first number one as a producer since his mega-hit “Stronger” went number one in 2007. The combination of the ever-controversial Kanye West with the more recently controversial Lil Nas X has not surprisingly captured people’s attention, making it more of a surprise that it didn’t go number one earlier.

The Hot100 top five has had little mix-up over the last few weeks, with Drake, Future, and Young Thug’s “Way 2 Sexy” swapping places with Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” at five and four, respectively. Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” spent another week in the three spot, while The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” swapped spots with Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow. On the Billboard200, Don Toliver’s “Life of a DON” debuted at number two, his second career album to chart in the top ten. Along with his number two debut, his track off the album with Travis Scott, “Flocky Flocky,” debuted at number 53 on the Hot100. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” reentered the charts at the 23 spot, notching the albums 77th week on the chart. The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” reentered the charts as well at 100. The album came out in 1994 and peaked at number 15 on Sept. 30, 1994.

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