On Monday (Nov. 14), Drizzy and 21’s collaborative LP landed an impressive eight songs in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, occupying every spot from No. 2 to No. 9 on the singles chart. That meme-friendly “Rich Flex” leads the way at No. 2, followed by early fan favorites like “Major Distribution,” “On BS” and “Spin Bout U.”
Only Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero,” from her record Midnights album, defeated Her loss duo after retaining the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row — and it seems Drake wasn’t too keen on giving the pop juggernaut extra shine.
After the latest edition of the Hot 100 was revealed, the OVO hitmaker celebrated his and 21 Savage’s top 10 dominance by posting a photo of the chart on his Instagram Stories along with the caption, “@21savage congrats my brother.”
Curiously, Drake covered Taylor Swift’s name in the No. 1 spot with a series of cryptic emojis, including facial massage, popcorn, an eight ball, a thought balloon, a yogi in the lotus position and a nervous grin.
21 Savage shared Drake’s celebratory post on his own Instagram storiesthough without further comment (or indeed Taylor Swift shade).
While there have been no reports of any bad blood between Drake and Taylor Swift, rumors of the music megastars’ collaboration have circulated for years. In October, The sun reported that the pair secretly teamed up in 2017 to record a diss song aimed at their mutual enemy, Kanye Westand his then-wife Kim Kardashian.
An unnamed source close to the song claimed the track was recorded for Swift’s 2017 album Reputation, but it was dropped because it was too “direct” about the since-divorced couple. However, Swift apparently wants to release it as part of an upcoming re-recorded version of Reputation.
Although Drake was denied another No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by Taylor Swift, Her loss continues to write the 6 God into the history books. According to Chart data, Drizzy has become the first artist to simultaneously occupy eight of the top 10 spots on the Hot 100 on two occasions. He previously achieved the feat with last year’s Certified Lover Boywhich spawned hits such as “Way 2 Sexy”, “Girls Want Girls” and “Knife Talk”.
In addition, Drake has extended his record as the artist with the most top 10 songs in Hot 100 history with 67, while Her loss has the third most top 10 hits of all time, surpassing albums such as Michael Jackson’s ThrillerJanet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
Outside the top 10, all 16 songs from Her loss debuted in the top 40 on the Hot 100. “Rich Flex” had the biggest debut sales week of any song in the US this year with 445,000 units sold in its first week.
Her loss has also made a big splash on the Billboard 200, debuts at No. 1 on the album chart with 404,000 equivalent album units in its first week – the biggest opening number in Hip Hop this year. Kendrick Lamar’s Sir. Moral & The Big Steppers previously held that title with 295,000 first week units.
Drake is now third on the list of artists with the most No. 1 albums with 12, just two behind JAY-Z (14) and seven behind The Beatles (19).