|First posted 11/23/2018; updated 12/9/2019.|
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Writer(s): Aubrey Graham/ Ronald LaTour/ Daveon Jackson/ Matthew Samuels/ Noah Shebib (see lyrics here)
First Charted: 2/3/2018
Peak: 111 US, 111 RB, 19 UK, 110 CN, 111 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales *: 8.0 US, 1.2 UK, 10.19 world (includes US + UK)
Radio Airplay *: --
Video Airplay *: 1113.0
Streaming *: 1101.0
* in millions
Drake’s second U.S. #1 as a lead artist (following 2016’s “One Dance”) was only the 29th song to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100. WK Its 11 weeks atop the charts also made it one of the 24 longest-running #1’s in the chart’s history. WK It also hit the pinnacle in more than a dozen other countries WK and launched with the largest on-demand streaming count in a 24-hour period with 14 million streams on Apple and 4.3 million on Spotify. WK
It also kicked off Drake’s chart dominance in 2018 as the song was followed by “Nice for What” for 8 nonconsecutive weeks and, later in the year, by “In My Feelings” for 10 weeks. All told, Drake spent more than half the year – 29 weeks – on top of the charts.
The lyrics focused on “fame, fear, and luxury items such as champagne” WK while the music is “bouncy and uplifting, establishing the song as a melodic, upbeat party record.” WK Cardo, one of the song’s producers, sent the original instrumental to Drake in September 2017. WK
The video showed Drake engaged in various acts of charity in Miami. As stated at the onset of the video, the entire budget of nearly one million dollars was given away. WK As of November 2018, it was the 16th most-liked video on YouTube. It won Video of the Year at the BET Awards and was nominated for Video of the Year for the MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, and People’s Choice Awards. WK
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