Saturday, July 21, 2018

Drake spent first of 10 weeks at #1 with “In My Feelings”

First posted 2/14/2021; updated 3/16/2021.

In My Feelings

Drake

Writer(s): Aubrey Graham, Benny Workman, Darius Harrison, N. Kobe, Caresha Brownlee, Jatavia Johnson, Stephen Garrett, James Scheffer, Rex Zamor, Dwayne Carter Jr., Ibra Ake, Renetta Lowe-Bridgewater, Orville Hall, Phillip Price, Noah Shebib (see lyrics here)


Released: July 10, 2018


First Charted: July 14, 2018


Peak: 110 US, 111 RB, 14 UK, 17 CN, 14 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 5.0 US, 0.6 UK, 14.8 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 625.7 video, 938.0 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Drake had already hit #1 twice in 2018 with “God’s Plan” for 11 weeks and “Nice for What” for 8 weeks. By the end of its ten-week run on top, “In My Feelings” gave Drake a whopping 29 weeks at the summit in 2018, breaking Usher’s record for 28 weeks on top in 2004. SF The song was one of seven by Drake to debut in the top 10 the week of July 14, 2018. It went to #1 the next week, giving Drake his sixth chart topper and giving him the record for most #1 songs by a rapper in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The next week, the song set the record for most streams in a single week. WK

The song references “Kiki” which has been said to be Keshia Chanté, Drake’s first girlfriend WK or K’yanna Barber, a model from Oakland. SF There’s also a reference to Jennifer Lopez, who Drake dated briefly in 2016. The Fader considered it the highlight of Drake’s Scorpion album. WK

The song inspired an Inernet meme dance challenge, prompted by comedian Shiggy who posted a video on his Instagram account of him dancing to the song. WK In the video for the song, a montage of celebrities are shown participating in the “In My Feelings Challenge.” WK They include Steve Aoki, Odell Beckham Jr., Millie Bobby Brown, Ciara, DJ Khaled, Dua Lipa, Ryan Seacrest, and Will Smith.

If anyone wanted to launch an attack on songs written by committee, this would be a good place to start. Fifteen people are credited as songwriters on the track. Part of that is due to sampling of Magnolia Shorty’s “Smoking Gun (Acapella Version)” and Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop.” There is also a dialogue clip from the TV show Atlanta.


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