Started From The Bottom: Drake Ties With The Beatles On Simultaneous Hit Songs

March 3, 2015  |  

It has taken 51 years for any artist to get the same number of simultaneous hit singles as The Beatles. Now rapper Drake has tied with the legendary group thanks to his surprise album drop.

The album, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in February with 535,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. With singles from this album, Drake has now charted 14 songs simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100, dated March 7. The total matches the 14 titles that The Beatles placed on the Hot 100 back on April 11, 1964.

Drake also became the first rapper to top the Billboard Artist 100 chart for two consecutive weeks and has a record 21 titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, including all 17 tracks from “Late.”

There is a slight difference between the songs in the Drake-Beatles tie. “Drake is the lead act on 10 titles and featured on four others; the Beatles were leads (in an era largely devoid of featured billings) on all 14 of their simultaneous chart hits,” reports Billboard.

In other words, Drake had a little help from his friends by doing hit-making duets, whereas The Beatles did it all by themselves. Among the Drake songs on the list of 14 are: “Only,” Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, which had the No. 16th slot on the chart; “Truffle Butter,” Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne (No. 17 on the chart);  “Legend” (No. 52);  “Know Yourself” (debut, No. 70); and “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne (No. 84).

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