Drake’s New Album Breaks Records Held By The Beatles, Michael Jackson & More
Drake’s Scorpion is currently the talk of the music space. As many anticipated, the charts felt the sting most as the OVO founder’s fifth album breaks new records and put the 31-year-old in a class of his own while besting some truly iconic musical peers. While Michael Jackson’s posthumous vocal appears on “Don’t Matter To Me,” Drake now smashes a record partially held by his Scorpion collaborator.
As expected, the 25-track Scorpion sits atop the Billboard 200. However, Drake’s reported last album with Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic Records also has the distinction of becoming the first album to be streamed 1 billion times in a week. Meanwhile, it also becomes the first since Y2K to achieve seven songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. The last LP to accomplish this feat is Janet Jackson’s acclaimed Rhythm Nation 1814, released back in 1989. Including Janet’s and Drake’s, only four albums have ever done this (Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA). However, Drake’s LP is the first ever to do this, simultaneously—setting a new record.
Previously, The Beatles had five simultaneous singles in the Top 10 in one week during 1964. Notably, “The Fab 4” of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr had all five in Top 5—a distinction that remains. However, Drake’s seven at once is a feat that even The Beatles cannot claim, especially in an era when singles were released strategically for sales, instead of streaming.
Drake’s songs in the Top 10 are “Nice For What” (#1), “Nonstop” (#2), “In My Feelings” (#6), “I’m Upset” (#7), “Emotionless” (#8), “Don’t Matter To Me” (#9). Previously, early single “God’s Plan” reached #1, though it now sits at #4. Earlier this year, Drake’s “Diplomatic Immunity” also charted, but is notably not included in the album.
Here is a rundown of all the records Drake broken with Scorpion:
– Most Simultaneously Charted Hot 100 Titles
– Most Simultaneous Hot 100 Top 10s
– Most Top 10 Hot 100 Debuts in a Week
– Most Top 10 Hot 100 Debuts Ever
– Most Hot 100 Top 10s Among Solo Males
– Most Total Top 20 Hot 100 Hits
– Most Simultaneous Top 20 Hot 100 Hits
– Most Total Top 40 Hot 100 Hits
– Most Simultaneous Top 40 Hot 100 Hits
– Biggest Streaming Week for an Album
– Most Global Streams for an Album’s Songs in a Week
The MC/singer’s latest effort features involvement from JAY-Z, DJ Premier, Ty Dolla $ign, and DJ Paul, as well as inclusions from late artists Static Major and Michael Jackson.
Several Scorpion selections are currently included on AFH‘s official playlist: