It is not uncommon these days to see a top singles chart filled hit songs by more than one artist. Hip-Hop stars like Drake have launched a second career out of musical collaborations.
Not even a global pandemic can slow them down.
When this week’s Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart was released, Drake, with the help of DJ Khalid, added two more top 10 singles to the list when DJ Khalid’s “Popstar” debuted at number three and “Greece” debuted at number eight. Both songs featured Drake.
With the top 10 debut of both songs, Drake takes over sole possession of the record for having the most songs in the Hot 100 top 10 with 40. The two songs make the fifth and sixth top 10 hits for DJ Khalid.
Previously Drake was tied with Madonna at 38.
Drake broke onto the Hot 100 in 2009 when “Best I Ever Had” reached number two on the chart. It has taken him just eleven years to break the record with 25 solo hits and 15 collaborations. Twenty five of the record setting singles debuted in the top 10.
Created in 1958, the Hot 100 does not reflect hit songs prior to its creation. As a result, not all of Elvis Presley’s hit songs are counted in the record. Originally Presley held the record with 21, until four mop topped lads from Liverpool snatched it away in 1967. The Beatles held the record for 34 years when Madonna took the lead. The Beatles are the only group on the list.
While “Popstar” has sold only 15,000 downloaded copies, it has been streamed over 28 million times and had a radio airplay of over 13 million. “Greece” has been downloaded 9,000 times with over 22 million streams and three and half million radio airplay’s.
The artists with the most to 10 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles are:
Drake with 40
Madonna with 38
The Beatles with 34
Rihanna with 31
Michael Jackson with 30
Mariah Carey with 28
Stevie Wonder with 28
Janet Jackson with 27
Sir Elton John with 27
Lil Wayne, Elvis Presley, and Taylor Swift all with 25 each.
feature photo credit: Drake’s FAcebook page