Aretha Franklin has lost her place at the top of the charts. According to Billboard, this week Nicki Minaj managed to supplanted The “Queen of Soul” and take the all-time record for most Hot 100 hits by a female artist. She didn’t best Aretha by a single song either. No, Nicki leapfrogged the “Respect” singer with three different tracks, bringing her all-time total to a jaw-dropping 76-entries on the Hot 100. “Regret in Your Tears,” “Changed It,” with Lil Wayne, and “No Frauds,” her Remy Ma clap-back with Drake and Lil Wayne were the ones that put her over the top.
It’s an incredible feat, especially once you consider that Aretha personally held the record for almost 40 years going all the way back to June 18, 1977 when she took the crown from Connie Francis with her song “Break It To Me Gently.” At the time, that was her 54th Hot 100 entry. Though she recently announced her retirement from touring, Franklin also revealed her plans to record and release one more album. It’s not inconceivable that she can find a way to pad her stats.
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Man, I tell ya… God said he ain't done showing off yet. Lol. Walked off stage to find out history was made yet again today. #NoFrauds #RegretInYourTears + #ChangedIt charted this week on Billboard & I now hold the title of most Hot 100 entries in the HISTORY of BILLBOARD among women of EVERY genre. To my fans: I fkn love u guys more than I'll ever be able to put in words. Thank u so much for your unwavering love & support. God bless each & every one of you. To God be the glory. #YoungMoney #NickiInLONDON Island girl from South Side Jamaica, QUEENS!!!! NEW YORK CITY!!!!! 👅Rrraaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
While this is no doubt a stunning achievement for Minaj, she’s got some major competition hot on her heels. Currently in third-place all-time is Taylor Swift who has managed to log 70 Hot 100 entries herself. If the reports are to be believed and she has another album coming out sometime soon, you can expect that number to swell exponentially.