Rapper surpasses R. Kelly's chart record with "Hold On."
New music from Drake marks a Billboard milestone for the Canadian rap star. His latest, "Hold On, We're Going Home," debuted at No. 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs charts, giving him a 33rd Top 10 single. The feat puts Drizzy ahead of R. Kelly's 32 Top 10 hits, and a step closer to beating Lil Wayne's record of 36.
"Hold On," featuring Majid Jordan, was released two weeks ago via Drake's October's Very Own website and is his best charts debut thus far. As of Aug. 11, the single clocked 659,000 domestic streams and 109,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan. In addition to a strong digital showing, the track played on 179 radio stations, reaching more than 18 million listeners.
Possibly adding to the popularity are rumors that Rihanna was the inspiration. Drake hasn't confirmed the report but Rih Rih tweeted out the lyrics, and proclaimed the single her "new fav record. period."
Speaking to XXL magazine about his upcoming release, the Toronto native described himself as "going for it" creatively. So far, he's dropped a handful of well received records, lead by "Started From the Bottom" in March.
His highly anticipated Nothing Was the Same effort is due out Sept. 17.
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