Who’s getting too much attention in the POP scene today?
Drake's is one of the music industry's biggest names and his 2018 success seems to be in God's plan given the meteoric rise he's experienced for the past few months. He's had 2 of his songs reach the number 1 position on the Billboard 100 and in total spent 8 weeks on top of the chart. If this isn't enough to convince you, then here are a few more reasons why he's the act everyone's watching this year.
Drake debuted at the top position with the feel-good song 'Gods Plan.' It only spent a week at the top before being replaced by Justin Bieber's 'Say something.' God's plan was back at the top after a week and spent another 3 weeks there before Post Malone's 'Psycho' would replace it for a week and slide back down. God's Plan was eventually replaced by 'Nice for What' making Drake one of 13 artists to have their number one song replaced by another one of their own songs. God's Plan spent 7 weeks at the top of the chart which is the 11th longest that a song has stayed on the Billboard 100. You should probably know that 'Nice For What' and 'God's Plan' are two of only 31 songs that have debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 since they started recording song sales in 1958. That means that in the 60 years that the Billboard 100 has existed there were years where no songs debuted at number 1.
I think this makes 2018 a significant year in music because with Childish Gambino's 'This is America' included, 3 songs have so far debuted at number 1 on the Billboard charts. Unlike most rappers, Drake didn't struggle with the problems of poverty while he was young. He grew up with musical influence from his father who was a drummer and he got his acting debut on the TV show “Degrassi: The Next Generation” which helped him gain some fame. His sights, though, were set on singing and he soon released a mixtape when the series concluded. Drake has been inspired by many sources and so his style of singing can't be simply categorized as Rap, RnB, or Pop. In fact, his fourth studio album Views leans heavily on the Dancehall side and in the past decade, it's the only studio album by a male artist to stay on top of the album charts for 10 weeks. Views was also the first album to hit a billion streams on Apple's l-Tunes. This means that 2018 is not Drake's first year to dominate the airwaves in convincing fashion.
If that doesn't convince you of Drake's prowess on the mic then know this, since 2010 only two other artists have had their albums stay on the charts for 6 weeks or more; Taylor Swift and Michael Buble. Drake's popularity for the past 2 years can only be compared to that of Cardi B, although I doubt she'll have as good a year as someone who's had two #1 hits already. Cardi B gained international fame when her song Bodak Yellow rose to the top of the Billboard charts being only the second female rapper to do so since Lauryn Hill in 1998. Her collaboration with Maroon 5 has led to her first Billboard number 1 this year and we're not even halfway done. Don't go away folks, there's a lot more that's in store from the A-list.