Drake Just Tied The Beatles’ 51-Year-Old Billboard Record

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02.28.15 44 Comments
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Drake is at it with more chart history, again.

This time it’s not his own record that Drizzy is breaking or tying, it’s the Beatles record that the group set over 51 years ago. Next week the 6 God will chart an astonishing 14 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, something only the Beatles have done. Per Billboard:

Drake ties the Beatles’ mark established on the Hot 100 at the zenith of Beatlemania. He’d previously come closest to matching the mark: He placed 12 titles concurrently on the Oct. 12, 2013, chart. That week, his last studio album, Nothing Was the Same, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with 658,000 copies sold. (The new set is widely considered a mixtape, not a traditional studio effort.)

There are some caveats here. When the Beatles set the record they had five of the top ten songs on the chart, Drake doesn’t crack the top 15. Also, Drake is a featured act on four of the songs. In the ’60s, being a featured act wasn’t a prevalent practice in the industry so the English legends were the lead artist on all their songs on the chart.

Much like his 21 songs on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, this is a sign of the times, and not necessarily Drake’s dominance. However, doing something only the Beatles have done is like doing something only Michael Jordan has done on the basketball court, making the feat impressive no matter how you spin it:

Drake’s 14 Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits (March 7, 2015)

No. 16, “Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 17, “Truffle Butter,” Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 26, “Energy”
No. 49, “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen featuring Drake
No. 52, “Legend”
No. 58, “10 Bands”
No. 68, “Blessings,” Big Sean featuring Drake
No. 70, “Know Yourself” (debut)
No. 81, “No Tellin’ ” (debut)
No. 82, “Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 83, “6 God” (debut)
No. 84, “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne
No. 95, “Now & Forever” (debut)
No. 97, “6 Man” (debut)

(via Billboard)

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