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DRAKE GETS CLOSER TO MAKING HISTORY

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drake-performs-2016-smile-billboard-1548-650Drake rules the charts simultaneously for a third consecutive week, the longest streak by a male in more than a decade. While that’s impressive, he’s not yet close to the record.

Drake earns a chart honor this week not achieved by a male artist in more than a decade.

The hip-hop/pop superstar leads the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (dated June 18) for a third consecutive (and fourth total) week with “One Dance” (featuring WizKid and Kyla). As previously reported, he also tops the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth (consecutive and total) week with “Dance” parent album Views.

Thus, Drake has boasted the top song on the Hot 100 and the top album on the Billboard 200 for each of the past three weeks. He is the first artist to double up atop the rankings for three straight frames since Adele did so for six consecutive weeks with “Hello” and parent album 25, respectively, in December-January.

The last male before Drake to lead the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 concurrently for at least three straight weeks? 50 Cent, more than a decade ago. 50 Cent led both lists simultaneously for six weeks in a row in March-April 2005 with “Candy Shop” (featuring Olivia), from his set The Massacre.

While Drake’s streak is significant, he’s not quite near record levels. What is the longest streak of an act leading the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously (dating to Aug. 17, 1963, when the latter chart combined stereo and mono sales into one ranking)? Two iconic acts share the mark: The Beatles and Whitney Houston, for 12 consecutive weeks each.

The Beatles established the record in 1964 with three straight Hot 100 No. 1s (the first three of their record 20), all while two of their albums controlled the Billboard 200. Here’s a recap of the Fab Four’s 12-week double domination:

Chart Dates, Hot 100 No. 1, Billboard 200 No. 1
Feb. 15-March 14, 1964, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Meet the Beatles! (5 weeks)
March 21-28, 1964, “She Loves You,” Meet the Beatles! (2 weeks)
April 4-25, 1964, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” Meet the Beatles! (4 weeks)
May 2, 1964, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” The Beatles’ Second Album (1 week)

Nearly three decades later, Houston tied the mark:

Chart Dates, Hot 100 No. 1, Billboard 200 No. 1
Dec. 12, 1992-Feb. 27, 1993, “I Will Always Love You,” The Bodyguard (12 weeks)

Among males, more music royalty holds the record for the most consecutive weeks simultaneously leading the Hot 100 and Billboard 200: Michael Jackson did so for seven straight thrilling weeks in 1983:

Chart Dates, Hot 100 No. 1, Billboard 200 No. 1
March 5-April 16, 1983, “Billie Jean,” Thriller (7 weeks)

About: Kelly Faisal

I have been a serial experiential marketer for the past 6 years.

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