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Hip Hop Superstar Drake has broken MANY records in music. Here’s the list!

He might only love his bed and his Mama but Drake has created a legacy in music and hip hop that is unprecedented! Just last week, on March 5 2021, the Canadian rapper became the first artist to debut songs in the top three spots of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously. “What’s Next” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, followed by “Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby, and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle,” featuring Rick Ross. In addition, Drake joined the Beatles and Ariana Grande in claiming the top three spots on the Hot 100 chart in the same week.

His real name is Aubrey Graham, he was born in 1986 in Toronto, Canada. Today he is among the world’s best selling music artists, with over 170 million records sold, Drake is ranked as the highest certified digital singles artist in the United States by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). He was won 4 Grammy Awards including Best Rap Song for God’s Plan, 6 American Music Awards and a record 27 Billboard Music Awards.

In 2019, Drake surpassed Taylor Swift to become the top award recipient in BBMA history. He won 12 awards, bringing his career total to 27. Swift has won 23 BBMA awards. Drake’s awards include: top artist and top Billboard 200 album, each for the second time in three years. Drake won the latter award for his album Scorpion, two years after winning for his album Views.   

The beginning of Drake’s career.

It is interesting also to look back at where he started. Drake self-released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. It sold roughly 6,000 and Drake received $304.04 in royalty payments. The following year, he released his second mixtape which included the single “Replacement Girl” featuring Trey Songz. The song made Drake become the first unsigned Canadian rapper to have his music video on BET. Lil Wayne noticed Drake and invited him to join his Tha Carter III tour. Despite the collaborations between the duo, Drake was yet to be signed by Lil Wayne’s Label Young Money Entertainment.

In 2009, Drake released his third mixtape. Two songs off of it gained Gold certification by the RIAA and one of them “Best I Ever Had” peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This success prompted a bidding war from various labels to sign Drake. The rapper secured a recording contract with Young Money in June 2009. He then joined the rest of the label’s roster on the America’s Most Wanted Tour in July 2009.

You might remember this song?

DID YOU KNOW Drake’s single “The Motto” featuring Lil Wayne off of his second album Take Care, is credited with popularising the term “YOLO” (You only live once). The acronym became a staple of youth culture. Drake expressed a desire to obtain royalties for the use of “YOLO” due to the proliferation of merchandise bearing the phrase and lyrics from his song, but he does not own a trademark on the word.

Drake holds several US Billboard Hot 100 chart records; he has the most top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the most charted songs (209) of any artists ever on the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), the most continuous time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks), and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22).

Let’s break them down.

First of all, in 2016, Drake released his fourth studio album Views, one of the album’s lead singles was “One Dance”. The song became Drake’s first number one song in Canada, the United Kingdom and the US as a leading artist. The single became the second dancehall song of 2016 to top the Billboard Hot 100 after Rihanna’s “Work” which also featured Drake.

On October 15 of that year, “One Dance” became Spotify’s most-streamed song ever, amassing over 882 million plays as of October 2016. Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” overtook “One Dance” as the most streamed song on Spotify on September 21 2017.

Rumour has it that a music video was never made for “One Dance” because, in countries where YouTube streams do not influence the singles charts, such as in the UK, those wanting to listen to “One Dance” were forced to stream it on services such as Spotify or Apple Music, which do count towards the singles charts. So the lack of a music video would have contributed to its success on the charts.

Actually Drake is the second best selling Hip Hop artist of ALL TIME. The album Views sold 152 million records worldwide.

 Drake holds the record for the most entries in the top 100 during a one-week period with 27 in July of 2018. When he released his fifth studio album “”Scorpion” all of its songs entered the Hot 100 chart. He beat a record previously held by the Beatles, a feat that was unmatched for nearly 51 years. Drake is also the only artist to have a number-one debut replace another number-one debut. He did this April 21, 2018, when “Nice For What” replaced “God’s Plan” at the summit, after the latter had spent eleven weeks at the top spot.

In July of 2020, Drake broke the record for the most top 10 singles in the history of the US Billboard chart, overtaking previous record-holder Madonna. He scored his 39th and 40th top 10 hits on this week’s countdown, as the vocalist on DJ Khaled’s singles “Popstar” and “Greece”, the feat came 11 years after his first appearance in the top 10, with his breakthrough hit, Best I Ever Had.

Madonna had held the record since 2008, after surpassing The Beatles’ tally.

His fellow Young Money rapper and frequent collaborator Nicki Minaj, has achieved similar success thanks to a combination of hit singles and generous guest spots. She holds the record for the most entries on the Hot 100 by a female artist (110) and has appeared on 19 top 10 hits. Unsurprisingly, one of those is a duet with Drake – Make Me Proud, which reached number nine in October 2011.

As we mentioned earlier, Drake has the record for the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week. That is because in 2018, when he released his album Scorpion, ALL of its songs appeared on the music chart. The album broke both the one-day global records on Spotify and Apple Music, as it gained 132.45 million and 170 million plays on each streaming service, respectively. It eventually sold 749,000 album equivalent units in its first week of sales, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

Drake then earned his sixth number-one hit with “In My Feelings” “on July 21, 2018. The success of “In My Feelings” also made Drake the record holder for most number one hits among rappers. The song broke the streaming record for the most streams in a single week with 116.2 million streams (this record was broken the next year by “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus).

On April 3 2019, he released “Toosie Slide” with a music video, which features a dance created in collaboration with social media influencer Toosie. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Drake the first male artist to have three songs debut at number one.

Drake also became the first artist to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify. 

The Canadian artist is the highest-certified digital singles artist ever in the United States, having moved 142 million units based on combined sales and on-demand streams. His highest-certified single is “God’s Plan” (11× Platinum), and two of his singles, “God’s Plan” and “Hotline Bling”, have been certified 8× Platinum.

Drake does not just have charts records, he also hold touring records!

The Summer Sixteen Tour was a co-headlining concert tour by Drake and Future. It began on July 20, 2016 and concluded with its final show in Drake’s hometown Toronto on October 8, 2016. The tour had a total gross of $84.3 million off 54 shows, making it the highest-grossing hip-hop tour of all time, until he broke this record with his own co-headlining Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour in 2018.

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