“Damages” crooner Tems has made music history, by being the first ever Nigerian artist to hit number 1 on one of the most coveted music charts, the Billboard Hot 100.  

This huge feat was made possible when Future‘s “Wait For U,” featuring Drake and Tems, soared in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The track debuts as Future’s second Hot 100 leader, and his first in a lead role. “Wait For U” also makes it Drake’s landmark 10th No. 1 and Tems’ first.

“Wait For U” is from Future’s new LP I Never Liked You, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.


Tems tallies her first Hot 100 leader and second top 10, after Wizkid’s “Essence,” on which she and Justin Bieber are featured, hit No. 9 in October. Tems like Wizkid, has also hit the Hot 100 as featured on Drake’s “Fountains,” which peaked at No.26 in September of 2021.

“Wait For U” statistics. 

“Wait For U” was released on Future’s album I Never Liked You on April 29, via Freebandz/Epic Records, while its official video premiered May 5. The track arrives as the 1,137th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 63-year history, and the 61st to enter on top.


Streams, airplay, & sales: “Wait For U” bows with 40.2 million streams, 7.9 million radio airplay audience impressions and 6,400 downloads sold in the April 29-May 5 tracking week, according to Luminate.

“Wait for U” also premieres atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100. Future earns his second No. 1 on each ranking, after “Way 2 Sexy”; Drake notches his record-extending 24th leader on each list; and Tems scores her first No. 1 on each chart.

Artists in history with the most Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s

The Beatles – 20 

Mariah Carey – 19

Rihanna – 14

Michael Jackson – 13

Madonna – 12 

The Supremes – 12

Whitney Houston – 11

Drake – 10

Janet Jackson – 10

Stevie Wonder – 10

Other Nigerian artists to hit the Billboard Hot 100 include; Wizkid, Ckay, Dbanj, Fela Kuti, Tiwa savage and King Sunny Ade.

Source: Billboard. 

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