Drake Ties Lil Wayne for Most Hot 100 Hits Among Soloists
Drake debuts as featured on Gucci Mane's "Both," marking his 132nd entry, matching Lil Wayne's total.
As previously reported, The Weeknd's "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk, crowns the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Jan. 7, 2017), rising from No. 2 to No. 1 and marking The Weeknd's third Hot 100 No. 1 and Daft Punk's first.
Meanwhile, Drake ties a historic mark, as he logs his 132nd career Hot 100 entry, as Gucci Mane's "Both," on which Drake is featured, debuts at No. 41. With the bow, Drake ties Lil Wayne for the most Hot 100 appearances among soloists in the chart's 58-year history.
Among all acts, only the Glee Cast boasts more Hot 100 entries than Drake and Lil Wayne: 207. (Billed as the Glee Cast on its releases, the act was a rotating collective with certain members present, although not singing on every song, throughout the show's six-season run on Fox in 2009-15.)
Here is an updated count of the acts with the most charted Hot 100 entries dating to the ranking's Aug. 4, 1958, inception (though the chart dated Jan. 7, 2017):
Most Hot 100 Entries All-Time
207, Glee Cast
132, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley
91, James Brown
86, Jay Z
82, Chris Brown
80, Kanye West
75, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles
70, Nicki Minaj
70, Taylor Swift
Notably, the Hot 100 originated two years after the 1956 career launch of Elvis Presley. Still, Presley has charted the most entries by a soloist as a lead act, claiming lead billing in all 108 of his visits. James Brown follows among soloists as the lead on all 91 of his.
In line with the collaborative nature of hip-hop, Drake has been credited as a lead artist on 82 of his Hot 100 appearances (or 62 percent) and featured on 50; Lil Wayne has been lead on 47 (36 percent) and featured on 85.
Drake first hit the Hot 100 dated May 23, 2009, with the eventual No. 2-peaking "Best I Ever Had." He's earned 18 top 10s, including three No. 1s: as featured on Rihanna's "What's My Name?" (one week at No. 1 in 2010) and "Work" (nine weeks, 2016) and his own "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla (10 weeks, 2016). Lil Wayne has tallied 19 top 10s and two No. 1s: "Lollipop," featuring Static Major (five weeks, 2008), and as featured on Jay Sean's "Down" (two weeks, 2009).
All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Dec. 28).