Is Drake about to make it 13 weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart?
It certainly looks that way and there seems to be no sign of him losing the chart race in the near future. Thanks to streaming ‘One Dance’ has held the top spot for 13 weeks now, the longest since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ over 20 years ago in 1994.
Drake is now the 3rd longest Number 1 in UK singles chart history just behind Wet Wet Wet and Bryan Adams.
Is this one of the best singles of all time? In my opinion, definitely not but streaming on digital services like Spotify has now made it easier than ever to become a long running No.1 charter with recent hits by Pharrell, Justin Bieber and Zayn all achieving longer stints at the top based on listens rather than physical sales.
If it was still based on CD or download sales, Drake would have lost his chart position after week 4 it has been revealed. Streaming has ruined the official charts and made it near impossible for lesser known artists to make waves in today’s market as they compete with big artists who are streamed continuously by teenagers and young music fans. When you had to buy the music you could see a lot more of the trend of music and what was being noticed for it’s art rather than what is popular in the local disco’s and clubs around the world. Should the singles chart return to sales alone?
Whatever the outcome, Drake looks set to reach at least 13 weeks at the summit after today’s charts.