Drake's "Hotline Bling" Fails to Reach No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart

So close.

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Drake is so close to his first solo No. 1 hit with "Hotline Bling," but it didn't happen this week. During a live airing of the top 10 countdown, Billboard announced that "Hotline Bling" will remain in the No. 2 spot this week, while the Weeknd's "The Hills" still sits atop the charts.

During the livestream, Billboard revealed that views on Drizzy's "Hotline Bling" video did not count towards his streaming numbers this week because it was on Apple Music instead of YouTube or VEVO. Based on the popularity and feedback on the video, Drake would have most likely been able to grab the top spot if it wasn't for his deal with Apple. It's unclear if Drake and his team knew that the Apple Music views wouldn't count towards his streaming numbers for the week. 

Things will only get more difficult for Drake next week with Adele's new single "Hello" expected to run away with the No. 1 spot on the charts. Previously, Drake said that "Hotline Bling" going No. 1 would be the biggest moment of his career to this point, but it doesn't look like things will shake out his way this time. 

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