Drake Ties The Game For Most No. 1s on Top Rap Albums Chart

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Drake performs at Qudos Bank Arena on Nov. 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  

As Scorpion debuts at No. 1 on the Top Rap Albums chart (dated July 14), Drake scores his eighth leader, matching The Game for the most No. 1s on the list since the chart began in 2004. 

Scorpion arrives with 732,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music, and concurrently opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set is, likewise, the superstar’s eighth No. 1 set on each chart.

The album also smashes the record for the biggest single-week streaming total by any title, thanks to 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in the week ending July 5.

Drake has topped all three charts with all eight of his full-length albums; his only set to miss the top slot was his debut EP, So Far Gone, which halted at No. 2 on Top Rap Albums, No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200.

Here’s Drake’s No. 1 collection on the Top Rap Albums chart:

Title, Weeks at No. 1, Date Reached No. 1
Scorpion, one week (to date), July 14, 2018
More Life, four weeks, April 8, 2017
Views, nine weeks, May 21, 2016
What a Time to Be Alive (with Future), two weeks, Oct. 10, 2015
If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, six weeks, Feb. 28, 2015
Nothing Was the Same, six weeks, Oct. 12, 2013
Take Care, 16 weeks, Dec. 3, 2011
Thank Me Later, one week, July 3, 2010

Lucky SevenScorpion’s arrival also prompts seven Drake tunes to occupy space in the top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, surpassing Post Malone’s previous record of six simultaneous top 10s set on May 12.

“Nice For What” leads the pack as it rebounds 5-1 for an eighth total week in charge. Former 11-week champ “God’s Plan” ascends 7-4, while “I’m Upset” jolts 16-6. Four debuts round out the cluster: “Nonstop” (No. 2), “In My Feelings” (No. 5), “Emotionless” (No. 7) and “Don’t Matter to Me,” featuring Michael Jackson (No. 8).

The new entrances up Drake’s career total to 68 top 10s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, padding his record among all artists since the ranking began in 1958. James Brown is second, with 57.

Further, with all 25 Scorpion tunes and a collaboration with Lil Baby – “Yes Indeed,” present on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Drake rewrites his own record for the most concurrent hits on the chart. His current mark of 26 eclipses his previous best of 24, achieved on April 8, 2017.

Even More Records: Drake’s record-setting week also extends to the Hot Rap Songs chart, where he also lands seven simultaneous tracks in the top 10. The collection outdoes the six at once first earned by Post Malone on May 12, which Drake later matched on June 9.

Likewise, Drake places a record 17 tracks on the 25-position Hot Rap Songs chart at once, passing his prior all-time best mark of 15 from May 21, 2016.

Not Just RapScorpion, with its mix of rap and R&B offerings, also helps Drake make history on the Hot R&B Songs chart. The album prompts seven debuts in the chart’s top 10, tying for the most simultaneous hits in the region since the chart began in 2012. The Weeknd also landed seven top 10s at the same time, on the chart dated Dec. 17, 2016.

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