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Drake Breaks Hot 100 Record With 20 Simultaneous Hits

As his new album 'Views' debuts atop the Billboard 200 and its single "One Dance" roars to No. 1 on the Hot 100, the rapper/singer adds a historic honor, posting a record-shattering 20 songs on the…

As if debuting atop the Billboard 200 with his new album, Views, and scoring his first No. 1 as a lead artist on the Billboard Hot 100 with Views single “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, weren’t enough, Drake makes history on the Hot 100, as he places a record-breaking 20 titles on the new May 21 tally, the most that any act has charted on the ranking in one week.

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Drake passes the 17 songs that Justin Bieber boasted on the Dec. 5 Hot 100. That sum bested the 14 each that the Beatles logged on April 11, 1964, and that, guess who, Drake earned on the March 7 and Oct. 17 charts in 2015.

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Here are Drake’s unprecedented 20 songs on the latest Hot 100, including 16 debuts, also a one-week record for one artist (passing Bieber’s 13 debuts on Dec. 5). Of his 20 titles, 18 are from Views:

No. 1, “One Dance,” feat. WizKid & Kyla (up from No. 2)
No. 6, “Work,” Rihanna feat. Drake (holds at No. 6)
No. 21, “Pop Style,” feat. The Throne (up from No. 40)
No. 33, “Hype” (NEW)
No. 34, “Controlla” (NEW)
No. 38, “Grammys,” feat. Future (NEW)
No. 40, “Still Here” (NEW)
No. 44, “U With Me?” (NEW)
No. 45, “9” (NEW)
No. 47, “With You,” feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR (NEW)
No. 49, “Childs Play” (NEW)
No. 52, “Too Good,” feat. Rihanna (NEW)
No. 53, “Feel No Ways” (NEW)
No. 54, “Weston Road Flows” (NEW)
No. 61, “Redemption” (NEW)
No. 68, “Keep the Family Close” (NEW)
No. 72, “Faithful,” feat. Pimp C & dvsn (NEW)
No. 75, “Fire & Desire” (NEW)
No. 86, “Views” (NEW)
No. 89, “Summer Sixteen” (down from No. 73)

With 18 of Drake’s 20 concurrent Hot 100 entries from Views, his 16 debuts join the set’s “Dance” and “Pop Style” on the chart. (“Work” and “Summer Sixteen” are not on Views.) And, of the 20 songs on the album, all but two place on the chart this week: “Summers Over Interlude” and earlier smash “Hotline Bling,” which reached No. 2 last year, are not on this week’s chart. 

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Drake sets the mark for most simultaneous Hot 100 hits thanks in large part to streaming, with his debuts driven almost entirely by the metric, as Views was available for streaming through Apple Music and, while it was on sale through the iTunes Store in the tracking week, only “Dance” and “Pop Style” were available for a la carte purchase. As previously reported, Views‘ songs were streamed a record 245.1 million times in the U.S. during the tracking week. That sum includes plays of the album’s songs on Apple Music, as well as the handful of songs from the set that were available at other streaming services, such as Spotify. (On May 6, Views became available for purchase through digital retailers other than iTunes and its physical CD was also released.)

Like Drake this week, Bieber claimed the record (which he held for more than five months) for the most simultaneous Hot 100 hits (and debuts) concurrent with the arrival of his latest album, Purpose, atop the Billboard 200. All of the songs on the standard version and 17 of the 18 songs on the deluxe edition of the album placed on the Dec. 5 chart.

The Beatles had held the mark for the most songs on the Hot 100 in a single week for more than 50 years, posting 14 on the April 11, 1964, chart at the height of Beatlemania (led by “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Twist and Shout” at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively; the prior week, the Fab Four had locked up the entire top five, a feat that no artist has since matched).

Last year, Drake twice totaled 14 Hot 100 concurrent hits, powered by the entrances of his two Billboard 200 No. 1s before Views: If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and What a Time to Be Alive (the latter with Future).

Additionally, with 16 debuts, Drake ups his count to 123 career Hot 100 entries, passing Elvis Presley, with 108, for the third-most in the chart’s history, which dates to its launch on Aug. 4, 1958 — notably, two years into Presley’s iconic career. The cast of Fox’s Glee leads with 207 appearances, followed by Lil Wayne, with 130. Also notably: the Glee cast showed as the lead act on all 207 of its Hot 100 entries and Presley was the lead on all 108 of his. In an era in which featured rappers are commonplace, Lil Wayne has been the lead act on 46 of his Hot 100 hits (35 percent) and Drake has been the lead on 78 of his (63 percent).

The Hot 100, and all Billboard charts, will update tomorrow (May 10) on Billboard.com.