Drake breaks Beatles historic record

Angelo Anderson
July 11, 2018

"Scorpion" debuted on the chart the same week Billboard changed how it counts streaming plays.

The most recent Billboard Hot 100 finds Drake once again breaking new ground.

All of this comes on the heels of Drake also notching a streaming record. That beat a record of five simultaneous songs by The Beatles in 1964 when the British band was at the height of its fame. That brings Drake to a career total of 31 top 10 songs, passing Michael Jackson's previous record for male solo artists.

This is all impressive to be sure. It sold 732k copies in the first week with streaming numbers included.

Streaming services in 2017 became the recording industry's biggest single revenue source, overtaking sales of physical albums and digital downloads. "All 25 tracks from Scorpion, released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, appear on the chart", says Billboard.

The Toronto-based artist "boasts seven songs in the top 10 simultaneously". J. Cole didn't jump on the long-album trend, but Migos and Post Malone did: Culture II has 24 tracks and Beerbongs & Bentleys has 18.

Drake's former No. 1 hit, "Nice for What", returned to the top position, while "Nonstop" debuts at No. 2. But they also weren't working at a time when every snippet of music they released had a decent shot at the singles chart, whether or not it was actually a single.

Rewind to April 4, 1954, and the first five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 was dominated, in order, by these tunes from The Beatles: "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me".

According to executives, Drake could easily command a per-album advance of $15 million to $20 million if he signs to a major.

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