Drake Breaks Hot 100 Records: Most Hits Among Solo Artists & Most Simultaneously Charted Songs

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As Drake‘s new album More Life blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated April 8), the hip-hop superstar smashes records on the Billboard Hot 100.

Most notably, with all 22 tracks from the set, as well as two others, on the Hot 100 at once, Drake passes Lil Wayne for the most charted titles among soloists (154) in the Hot 100’s 58-year history, while breaking his own mark for the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 titles in a week (24).

Drake also rewrites his own record for the most Hot 100 debuts in a week, sending 21 songs, all from More Life, onto the list for the first time.

Drake’s ‘More Life’ Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 & Sets Streaming Record

First, Drake takes over as the soloist with the most Hot 100 appearances dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception. With 21 debuts, he ups his count to 154 visits, blowing past Lil Wayne (135), who had held the mark among solo artists since October 2012, when he passed Elvis Presley, 109 to 108; notably, Presley’s career predated the Hot 100’s origin by more than two years. Among all acts, only the cast of Fox’s Glee (a rotating troupe with certain members present throughout the TV show’s six-season run in 2009-15) boasts more: 207.

Here is an updated count of the acts with the most Hot 100 entries all-time:

207, Glee Cast
154, Drake
135, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley
91, James Brown
87, Jay Z
82, Chris Brown
81, Kanye West
77, Nicki Minaj
75, Ray Charles

Drake’s coronation as the soloist with the most charted Hot 100 titles occurs a week after Nicki Minaj passed Aretha Franklin (76 to 73, as of last week) for the highest total among female soloists; Franklin had held that honor for nearly 40 years. (This week, Minaj adds her 77th Hot 100 entry, as Jason Derulo‘s “Swalla,” featuring Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign, debuts at No. 98.)

Of his 154 Hot 100 titles, Drake has charted 103 as a lead artist (or 67 percent of his total). Only the Glee Cast (207) and Presley (108) have notched more entries as leads, showing lead billing on all of their charted titles.

As for the single-week record for the most charted Hot 100 entries, Drake’s 24 on the new April 8-dated list passes his own mark of 20, which he logged on the Hot 100 dated May 21, 2016,  the week that his prior album Views debuted atop the Billboard 200.

Additionally, Drake’s 21 Hot 100 debuts on the April 8 chart are the most in a single week, topping the 16 songs, all from Views, that bowed on May 21, 2016.

And, one more historic total: With all 22 tracks from More Life on the new Hot 100, Drake breaks the record for the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 titles from a single album, lifting past the 18 each for Views (May 21, 2016) and The Weeknd‘s Starboy (Dec. 17, 2016); like Views, the latter set tied the record the week that it arrived atop the Billboard 200.

Here is a look at the record 24 songs that Drake places on the April 8-dated Hot 100:

No. 8, “Passionfruit” (debut)
No. 9, “Portland,” feat. Quavo and Travis Scott (debut)
No. 15, “Fake Love” (up from No. 31 in its 22nd week after reaching No. 8 in February)
No. 18, “Free Smoke” (debut)
No. 29, “Gyalchester” (debut)
No. 35, “Teenage Fever” (debut)
No. 36, “Sacrifices,” feat. 2 Chainz and Young Thug (debut)
No. 38, “Blem” (debut)
No. 40, “No Long Talk,” feat. Giggs (debut)
No. 45, “Get It Together,” feat. Jorja Smith and Black Coffee (debut)
No. 48, “KMT,” feat. Giggs (debut)
No. 49, “Jorja Interlude” (debut)
No. 50, “4422,” feat. Sampha (debut)
No. 51, “Madiba Ridim” (debut)
No. 54, “Glow,” feat. Kanye West (debut)
No. 58, “Both,” Gucci Mane feat. Drake (down from No. 51 in its 14th week after reaching No. 41 in January)
No. 60, “Do Not Disturb” (debut)
No. 61, “Nothings Into Something” (debut)
No. 62, “Ice Melts,” feat. Young Thug (debut)
No. 64, “Lose You” (debut)
No. 70, “Since Way Back,” feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR (debut)
No. 76, “Skepta Interlude” (debut)
No. 82, “Can’t Have Everything” (debut)
No. 84, “No Frauds,” Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne (down from No. 14 in its second week)

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ Tops Hot 100; Drake Debuts Two in Top 10

With “Passionfruit” and “Portland” debuting at Nos. 8 and 9 on the Hot 100, respectively, Drake is just the second artist to notch simultaneous top 10 debuts, following Ed Sheeran, whose “Shape of You” (the No. 1 song on the chart for a ninth week on the April 8 survey) and “Castle on the Hill” entered at Nos. 1 and 6, respectively, on Jan. 28. Drake’s two new Hot 100 top 10s up his count to 20 for his career as he becomes the 17th act to hit that milestone. (Madonna leads all acts with 38 top 10s.)

Streaming is the main driver for each of More Life‘s Hot 100-charted songs this week. As previously reported, the set drew a record 384.8 million streams for its songs in its first week (ending March 23), according to Nielsen Music, besting the 245.1 million song streams that Views‘ songs garnered in their first frame.

On the Billboard 200, More Life vaults in at No. 1 with 505,000 equivalent album units in its opening week.

The Hot 100, Billboard 200 and all Billboard charts will update tomorrow (March 28) on Billboard.com.

 

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First Week Sales are in For Drake’s “More Life” and Rick Ross’s “Rather You Than Me”

This should come as no surprise. Drake’s “More Life” Album is the number one album on this week’s charts. Of course if we went with substance over popularity, who do you think would win the battle? No hate here, but I did take time out of my day to stream both albums. The most popular album by sales in my opinion contained a lot of skippers. The less popular but still highly touted album contained some controversy, some straight heat, and only a couple skippers. For now I will just sip on my coffee…hahaha that aint none of my “bidness”. Who has the better project will be for you the consumer to decide. See the sales breakdown for hip hop genre below:

 

Rank Artist Album Label Pure Sales Sales + Streaming
1 Drake More Life YMCMB/Republic 230k 505K
2 Big Sean I Decided G.O.O.D./Def Jam 65K 156K
3 Future Future Freebandz/Epic 57K 139K
4 Migos Culture Quality Control 40K 121K
5 Future HENDRXX Freebandz/Epic 44K 117K
6 Rick Ross Rather You Than Me Epic 69K 100K
7 Kehlani SweetSexySavage WMG 30K 57K
8 Khalid American Teen Right Hand Music/RCA 13K 37K
9 Lupe Fiasco Drogas Light 1st and 15th 14K 20K
10 Nav Nav XO/Republic 4K 20K
11 Pitbull Climate Change Polo Grounds/RCA 10K 13K
12 Fat Joe & Remy Ma Plata O Plomo RNG/Empire 8K 11K

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Drake Got A Sade Tattoo

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Another one.

Swedish tattoo artist Niki Norberg has slowly been rolling out photos of the tattoos he did for Drake. After unveiling ink that included a More Life flower and a bottle or Drakkar Noir (inspired by Drake’s original Twitter handle), Norberg has shared the most ambitious piece yet — a portrait of Sade on the side of Drizzy’s torso.

Drake recently shared a photo of himself, Sade, and his mother on Instagram, captioning the picture: “Two very important ladies in my life.” Later on, he posted another pic of just himself and the legendary singer.

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The portrait includes what appears to be a signature below it, reading “with love Sade x.” Could Sade have provided the sig herself?

Drake’s More Life was released last Saturday night. It’s expected to do big numbers on next week’s charts.

First Week Projections For Drake’s ‘More Life’ & Rick Ross’s ‘Rather You Than Me’

Drake’s More Life is going to be the biggest album release of the year so far. But it isn’t expected to do nearly as well as his last project

Hits Daily Double projects the playlist will move 500-550k copies in its first week sales plus streaming.

200 to 250K of that is expected to be in pure album sales.

Drake’s last project Views did a little over a million SPS first week in April of 2016, so that’s a significant decline if correct.

Finishing a distant second this week will be Rick Ross’s Rather You Than Me. The Bawse’s ninth album is slated to do 85 to 95K in its opening frame.

That’s a nice bump up from 2015’s Black Market, which did 65K first week SPS.

Of course, Ross didn’t completely trash Birdman and shade Nicki Minaj on that album.

What did you think of More Life and Rather You Than Me?