The Canadian rapper released the new cut “War,” which is a decidedly un-Christmas-like title, and it features lyrics to match. While “War” arrived without proper warning, super fans had an idea that the track existed, and snippets of it have been played throughout the past week in various forms.
Drake is no stranger to dropping tunes left and right with little or no advance announcement, but this latest freestyle may very well wind up being one of his most important.
“War” stands a fair chance of racking up enough streams (and at least a few sales) to debut on the Hot 100 next week, and if it does, the cut will help the rapper make history. If “War” lands anywhere on the all-genre tally, it will be Drake’s two-hundred-and-seventh appearance on the tally, which will tie him for the most chart placements of all time. Right now, he stands just one song behind the cast of the TV show Glee, who managed 207 Hot 100 smashes throughout their time together.
Right now, it’s tough to predict if the new single will make it to the Hot 100 when it is revitalized in a few days, or perhaps the frame after that, and that’s due to when “War” was released. The song appeared on Tuesday, which means it only has three full days (the tracking week closes at the end of the day on Thursday, and a new one begins at midnight on Friday.) in which to collect enough plays and purchases to rank as one of the 100 most-consumed tracks in the U.S.
That’s a tough sell for most acts, but Drake is no ordinary musician.
Today In: BusinessEven if “War” doesn’t perform well enough over Christmas to break onto the Hot 100 when it is rewritten next Tuesday (December 31), it will likely land on the chart the following week (which will be published January 7), after it has enjoyed a full tracking frame’s worth of listening activity.
“War” may be the last taste of new music from the superstar in 2019, a year that has seen the mogul keeping busy, even though he didn’t release a new album of his own. The chart-topper still managed to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Care Package, a compilation of older material that was finally made commercially available for the first time, and he appeared inside the Hot 100’s top 10 three times, though none of those were cuts he led the charge on.