'In My Feelings' and 'Girls Like You' look to be in their closest battle yet.
Drake and Maroon 5 appear to be locked in a tight race for the No. 1 spot on next week's Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 22), while Kanye West and Lil Pump's new single looks primed for a debut in the chart's top 40.
According to building Nielsen Music data, Drake's "In My Feelings," which has led the Hot 100 for nine weeks running, should sport over 40 million U.S. streams in the tracking week ending Sept. 13, along with over 17,000 downloads sold (in the week ending Sept. 13) and 85 million in radio audience (in the tracking week ending Sept. 16).
Those sums place the song slightly ahead of Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, which has ranked at its No. 2 Hot 100 high for five weeks. The track is trending with approximately 130 million in radio audience, 28 million U.S. streams and 18,000 sold.
If "Feelings" holds on at No. 1, Drake would pass Usher for the most weeks that an artist has spent atop the Hot 100 in any year; Drake has logged 28 weeks at No. 1 in 2018, three leaders, while Usher tallied 28 weeks at the summit in 2004, over four No. 1s.
If "Girls" ascends to the Hot 100's top spot, Maroon 5 would earn its fourth No. 1 and first since "One More Night" in 2012. Cardi B would collect her third leader, after her debut smash "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" (three weeks, 2017) and "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (July 7). Additionally, if "Girls" crowns the Hot 100, it would end the streak of rap songs ruling the Hot 100 for a record 33 consecutive weeks.
Meanwhile, Kanye West and Lil Pump's "I Love It" appears headed for a debut in the Hot 100's top 40, driven most heavily by over 20 million first-week U.S. streams.
Plus, Machine Gun Kelly's "Rap Devil" could launch as the top-selling track of the week (over 30,000) with a chance to debut in the Hot 100's upper half.
Highlights of next week's Hot 100 will post on Billboard.com Monday (Sept. 17), with all charts posting the following day (Sept. 18).