Aubrey ‘ Drake ‘ Graham remarkable 15-week stint atop the U.K. singles chart with “One Dance” looks set to come to a screeching halt.
The Canadian rapper’s hit featuring our very own Wizkid & Kyla is comprehensively beaten at the midway stage of the chart week, with the triumvirate of Major Lazer, Justin Bieber and MØ leading the U.K. Chart Update with “Cold Water”.
Drake’s single isn’t just off the boil. It’s fallen sharply to No. 5 in midweek sales data behind “Cold Water,” Jonas Blue’s “Perfect Strangers” (No. 2), Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down” (No. 3) and Calum Scott’s “Dancing On My Own” (No. 4).
Should Drake miss out on top spot when the sales charts are published this Friday, he’ll miss the chance of matching the all-time record for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1. Fellow Canadian Bryan Adams set the standard with “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” which clocked 16 weeks at the summit in 1991. Drake’s single is likely to end level with the 15-week sequence at No. 1 recorded by Wet Wet Wet’s “Love Is All Around” in 1994.
Bieber is a likely candidate to bump Drake off the top of the chart. Earlier this year, the pop singer became the first artist ever to simultaneously lock-down the top three positions on the U.K.’s weekly survey.