INDIO, CA – APRIL 15: Drake performs on the Coachella stage during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for
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In the 10 years he’s been a superstar, Drake has broken plenty of records and accomplished some truly incredible things, but few compare to what he’s managed this week…and this latest feat brings him even closer to perhaps the most amazing chart sweep of all time.
On this week’s Hot 100, Drake debuts half a dozen songs he just released commercially for the first time, and while that’s nothing new for the chart-topper, that sum pushes him over a very special milestone. With his six new charting hits, the Canadian rapper has now placed 203 songs onto the all-genre tally, which makes him the first solo act to reach 200 appearances (or more).
In addition to being the first solo musician to push 200 songs onto the Hot 100, he’s the second act to do so, as the cast of the TV show Glee became the first years ago when they were still going strong. The group managed to send 207 tracks onto the list, which remains the most among all singers and bands.
Drake only needs to chart five more songs to become the musical act, solo or group, with the most Hot 100 appearances, and at the rate he’s going, he’s bound to reach that mark sooner, rather than later. In fact, since it’s only August, he could do so by the end of 2019, as he churns out his own singles and featured verses for songs fronted by others non-stop.
Amazingly, Drake has racked up his 203 Hot 100 hits in just about 10 years. His breakout single “Best I Ever Had” went to No. 2 on the chart back in mid-2009, and since then, the hip-hop ruler has placed an average of over 20 songs onto the ranking every year. To put that into perspective, that’s more than most musicians can muster in their career.
Here’s a look at Drake’s six new charting hits (all of which are featured on his new No. 1 album Care Package) and where they debut this time around.
No. 58 – “Trust Issues”
No. 60 – “How About Now”
No. 61 – “The Motion”
No. 68 – “Dreams Money Can Buy”
No. 85 – “Club Paradise”
No. 95 – “Days in the East”