Remember the first 18 days of 2018? Bank accounts across the world were emptied at the news of Beyoncé headlining Coachella and Fortnite characters weren’t dancing like rappers. Simpler times, indeed.
Then, Jan. 19 happened, and 2018 as we knew it was Drake’s. The release of his first single “God’s Plan” not only marked the first of his two double-digit-week runs atop the Billboard Hot 100 (alongside his July release of “In My Feelings”), but it set off a 2018 that was the best year of his already illustrious career.
From “God’s Plan” immediately breaking single-day streaming records on Apple Music and Spotify to the Recording Academy giving the song Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, in addition to his major Album of the Year nod for Scorpion, Drake surmounted even his most successful years of the past when Drake had to make one thing clear: His dominance can never be broken by anyone but himself.