Drake left Leona Lewis in the dust three weeks ago. He zipped past Rihanna a week ago. The man’s soles are on fire. But is he about to be overtaken by a newcomer bidding for his title?
Yes, this is the staggering success of the Canadian rapper’s single ‘One Dance’, the infectious pop banger that features Nigerian musician Wizkid and UK funky singer Kyla (as it samples ‘Do You Mind’, the 2008 track she recorded with Crazy Cousins). It’s been UK Number One for 10 weeks. By May 29 it had been seven weeks in this position, a feat last achieved by Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ nine years ago. Two weeks later, Drake was still pulling his dubious dance moves all over the singles chart, having managed a run not equalled since Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ was UK number one for 10 weeks in 2007.
But could Drake be about to dance back one slot to number two? Bookies William Hill has offered us 8/11 odds that the king of whinge could be eclipsed by the sunny vibes of Kungs Vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners’ tropical house smash ‘This Girl’.
It’s also 5/1 that Justin Timerblake’s relentlessly cheery ‘Can’t Stop This Feeling’ (which sounds as if his and the Black Eyed Peas’ 2003 hit ‘Where Is The Love’ accidentally shared a teleporter with Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ and the two songs became fused) will pip Drake to the post. William Hill are offering even money that the Toronto don will dance to the top spot for the eleventh week running.
The song was Drake’s first Billboard Hot 100 number one and ‘Views’, the album from which it’s taken, achieved the biggest first week of sales in 2016. No wonder he’s got his dancing shoes on.