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Drake’s Domination: A Look at His Record-Breaking Week on the Hot 100 & Billboard 200, Thanks to ‘Scorpion’

Drake takes over atop the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 songs survey (both dated July 14), shattering a host of records in the process.

Drake takes over atop the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 songs survey (both dated July 14), shattering a host of records in the process.

In celebration of Drake’s historic achievements, here is a list of some of the notable records he breaks this week.

Most Simultaneously Charted Hot 100 Titles

Drake charts an unprecedented 27 songs on the July 14 Hot 100, breaking his own record of 24 set when his last album, More Life, debuted atop the Billboard 200 on April 8, 2017. All 25 tracks from Scorpion land on the Hot 100, plus two additional entries not from the LP.

Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Top 10s

Drake breaks the prior record of five simultaneous Hot 100 top 10s by The Beatles, as he propels seven songs into the top 10. He rewrites the mark with “Nice for What” (No. 1), “Nonstop” (No. 2), “God’s Plan” (No. 4), “In My Feelings” (No. 6), “I’m Upset” (No. 7), “Emotionless” (No. 8) and “Don’t Matter to Me,” featuring Michael Jackson (No. 9).

The Beatles dominated the entire top five of the Hot 100 on April 4, 1964, with, in order from No. 1 to No. 5, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.” The following week, the same five songs placed between Nos. 1 and 9. (Still, the Beatles remain the only act to monopolize the Hot 100’s entire top five in a week.)


Most Top 10 Hot 100 Debuts in a Week

With four debuts in the Hot 100’s top 10 (“Nonstop,” “In My Feelings,”  “Emotionless” and “Don’t Matter to Me”), Drake is the first act with that many arrivals in the bracket in a week. He passes J. Cole, who debuted three songs in the top 10 on May 5, as parent album KOD launched atop the Billboard 200: “ATM” (No. 6), “Kevin’s Heart” (No. 8) and the title track (No. 10).

Most Top 10 Hot 100 Debuts Ever

Those four top 10 Hot 100 debuts up Drake’s career count to 16 arrivals in the top tier. In doing so, he moves from two such titles behind Taylor Swift to two above, as she has launched 14 songs in the Hot 100’s top 10.

Most Hot 100 Top 10s Among Solo Males

With five new Hot 100 top 10s (“Nonstop,” “In My Feelings,” “I’m Upset,” “Emotionless” and “Don’t Matter to Me”), Drake ups his career total to 31 Hot 100 top 10s, passing Michael Jackson for the most among solo males.

Still, Jackson adds his 30th Hot 100 top 10, via his featured turn on “Matter,” which is built around an unreleased Jackson track (and is now being promoted as a single to pop radio). Madonna holds the record among all acts, with 38, followed by The Beatles. (34). Drake and Rihanna now share third place (31 each), with Jackson fifth with 30.

Most Total Top 20 Hot 100 Hits

Drake additionally passes Elvis Presley for the most top 20 hits in the Hot 100’s history, which dates to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception. With nine new such songs, Drake ups his total to 55 top 20 hits, passing Presley’s 48 for the record.

Most Simultaneous Top 20 Hot 100 Hits

Drake breaks Post Malone’s record of nine simultaneous top 20 hits, with 12 this week. Malone had held the mark of nine since the May 12-dated chart, when his beerbongs & bentleys bowed atop the Billboard 200.

Most Total Top 40 Hot 100 Hits

Likewise, Drake passes Presley for the most top 40 hits in the Hot 100’s archives. With a fresh batch of 17, Drake swells his total to 91, passing Presley’s 80.

Most Simultaneous Top 40 Hot 100 Hits

Sensing a pattern here? Drake breaks Post Malone’s prior record of 14 simultaneous top 40 Hot 100 hits, with 21 this week. Malone set the previous mark of 14 on the May 12-dated chart.


Biggest Streaming Week for an Album

The 25-track Scorpion generated 745.92 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in the U.S. in its release week, according to Nielsen Music, the most streams ever for an album’s songs in one week. It soars past the previous record-holder, Post Malone‘s beerbongs & bentleys, which arrived with 431.3 million on the May 12-dated chart.

Drake now claims four of the 10-biggest streaming weeks for an album: Scorpion is No. 1, followed by the debut frame of 2017’s More Life (No. 3 with 384.84 million), More Life‘s second week (No. 6 with 253.49 million) and the opening week of 2016’s Views (No. 7 with 245.09 million).

Most Global Streams for an Album’s Songs in a Week

Industry sources previously confirmed to Billboard that Scorpion is the first album to spur 1 billion on-demand audio streams, globally, for its songs in a single week.

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