Drake Breaks Historic Billboard Record Set by the Beatles

Drake breaks 54-year-old Beatles record with seven simultaneous Top 10 songs

It racked up 745.92 million US online plays in its first week, the highest streaming debut for any artist ever. That breaks the record of five simultaneous top 10 songs, held by The Beatles since 1964.

Drake now has a career total of 31 to Jackson's 30 with the late King of Pop's 30th being his appearance on Drake's new single, "Don't Matter to Me".

This is all impressive to be sure.

Drake's new album Scorpion is comfortably topping the NZ Album Chart. But it wouldn't look like almost as massive a success if not for a relatively recent change in the way the album and singles charts are tallied, and with the marathon length of Scorpion itself.

On the albums charts, "Scorpion" sold 732,171 equivalent albums in the United States - a tabulation that accounts for both digital sales and streaming plays.

All 25 tracks from Drake's ultra-popular "Scorpion" album, released on June 29, are on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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All of this led to something like the Steroids Era for chart positions.

The Toronto-based artist "boasts seven songs in the top 10 simultaneously".

Each of Scorpion's 25 tracks debuted on the Hot 100. "Nice for What" has returned to the top spot on the chart, making it the only song to ever hit No. 1 four times in the chart's history.

Rewind to April 4, 1954, and the first five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 was dominated, in order, by these tunes from The Beatles: "Can't Buy Me Love", "Twist and Shout", "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me".

Drake's influence comes off the back of his newly released album Scorpion, which made headlines for its marketing, which saw Spotify push the album to all of its users, featuring his new music across 30 of it's most followed playlists.

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