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Hot 100 Chart Moves: Prince & Beyonce’s Record-Breaking Week

Beyond their ranks in the top 10, Prince & Queen Bee make history in the top 40 and more.

As previously reported, Desiigner‘s debut hit “Panda” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 14), holding off Drake‘s “One Dance,” which climbs 3-2. Meanwhile, two beloved ’80s hits by Prince re-enter the top 10 and Beyonce debuts at No. 10 with “Formation,” from her new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, Lemonade.

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Prince and Beyonce both make more news beyond the top 10. Let’s recap.

Prince and Beyonce chart the most simultaneous top 40 Hot 100 hits: Following Prince’s passing April 21, he and Beyonce each chart a record eight titles in the top 40 this week. Thus, in the same week, the pair passes the Beatles (two weeks in 1964), Lil Wayne (three weeks 2008) and Taylor Swift (Nov. 14, 2009), each of whom charted seven in the top 40 at the same time.

Beyonce charts all of Lemonade on the Hot 100: As her album Lemonade launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, all 12 songs from the set grace the Hot 100, from “Formation” at No. 10 through “Forward,” featuring James Blake, at No. 63. Most recently, Justin Bieber charted all 13 tracks from the standard version of his album Purpose, on Dec. 5, the same week that the set started atop the Billboard 200. The same frame, 17 of the 18 cuts on the deluxe version of the album all appeared on the Hot 100.

All 12 of Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ Tracks Debut on Hot 100

Beyonce breaks the record for the most simultaneous Hot 100 hits by a woman: Her 12 titles this week are the most by a solo female in a single frame, besting the 11 charted by Swift on Nov. 13, 2010, when Speak Now entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1. Among all acts, Bieber set the mark with his 17 concurrent entries Dec. 5.

Beyonce moves up among women: In one week, Beyonce bounds from 41 career Hot 100 entries to 53 (as a soloist, not counting her 14 as part of Destiny’s Child). With her additions, she moves from a tie, with Barbra Streisand, for the 11th-most appearances (counting lead and featured billings) among women to a tie, with Connie Francis, for the sixth-most. She leaps over Rihanna, Brenda Lee, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus.

Here’s an updated look at the female soloists with the most visits to the Hot 100 dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception:

73, Aretha Franklin
69, Taylor Swift
66, Nicki Minaj
57, Madonna
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Beyonce
53, Connie Francis
52, Rihanna
48, Brenda Lee
47, Mariah Carey
43, Miley Cyrus
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Janet Jackson
40, Diana Ross

Prince No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart, Beyonce Blasts to No. 2

Beyonce brings Jack White to the top 40: As featured on Beyonce’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” new at No. 28, White notches his first solo top 40 Hot 100 hit. In his lone prior appearance as a soloist, he reached No. 81 in 2008 with the Alicia Keys duet “Another Way to Die,” the theme from the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. As half the White Stripes, he made one top 40 trip: “Icky Thump” hit No. 26 in 2007.