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News March 17, 2020

Drake just broke the record for most career entries on the U.S. singles chart

Senior Journalist, B2B
Drake just broke the record for most career entries on the U.S. singles chart

Either look away or punch the air: Drake now owns the record for most entries on the U.S. singles chart.

The prolific Canadian hip-hop star bags his 208th career title on the latest Billboard Hot 100, snapping the previous record (207) set by the Glee Cast.

The song that got Drizzy over the hump? ‘Oprah’s Bank Account,’ credited to Lil Yachty, Drake and DaBaby, which opens at No. 89 on the chart dated March 21.

Drizzy’s streak appears to be only getting started. The Toronto native first impacted the chart on May 23, 2009, with ‘Best I Ever Had.’ Since then, he’s racked up six No. 1s and logged a history-making 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 from his first week on the list through Aug. 19, 2017.

So how and why is Drake so damn hot right now? Attribute it to that well-worn American phrase, the triple-threat. Drake, like the Glee Cast, got his break on a family-friendly TV show, ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation.’ He’s also a streaming titan, who last year bagged the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award after his Scorpion double-set became the first album to reach one billion streams across all platforms worldwide.

And collaborations. Many, many collaborations. It’s a trend in hip-hop that has seen the likes of Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Nicki Minaj blast up the all-time list for Hot 100 appearances.

drake on phone in pink jacket

Drake keeps phoning them in.

Indeed, just one artist in the top 10 stands out as a star from the pre-streaming: Elvis Presley, at No. 4 behind Lil Wayne, and just one song title ahead of Nick Minaj.
And where do The Beatles sit on among the all-time list for Hot 100 entries? No. 16.

Hip-hop overtakes both main U.S. charts this week, specifically Lil Uzi Vert, who scores his second No. 1 album with Eternal Atake, the current leader on the ARIA Albums Chart. The Philadelphia rapper also floods the Billboard Hot 100 with a ridiculous 20 songs, including all 18 from the new album.

With this big push, Lil Uzi Vert joins some elite company. In the 61 years since the Hot 100 was first published, just two other recording artists have swamped the Hot 100 with at least 20 songs.

Lil Wayne dropped 22 songs on one survey in 2018 when his album Tha Carter V opened topped the Billboard 200. And that man again, Drake, who has done it five times, including a record 27 simultaneous entries on a chart, which he managed with the release of Scorpion in July 2018.

Billboard tweaked the methodology in 2018 for how streams count towards its flagship albums and singles charts for its flagship Hot 100 chart. The trade title essentially applied multiple weighted tiers of streaming plays for chart, which take into account paid subscription streams (representing a full point value per play), ad-supported streams (representing a 2/3-point value per play) and programmed streams (representing a 1/2-point value per play).

ARIA followed suit with its own refreshed criteria, which rewards streams from paid subscriptions more than those from ad-supported services or programmed platforms.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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