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Drake sails past The Beatles into history

Toronto rap star Drake recently bested the Beatles, according to USA Today.

The 27-year-old artist has made the Billboard Hot 100 charts 72 times, beating the Fab Four’s record of 71 with his latest single “Tuesday.” (Click to listen)

The single came in on the charts at number 90 when it officially broke the Beatles’ record, according to Billboard Magazine. Drake now has the 8th most appearances on the Hot 100 Billboard chart.

The “0 to 100″ rapper has had an amazing year that just concluded the Drake vs. Wayne Tour (with, you guessed it, Lil Wayne).

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Drake v.s. Wayne tour Chicago 2014 Photo Credit: Mitchell Gaddis

The Beatles have always been a force be reckoned with given their numerous chart toppers such as “Let It Be” and “Free as a Bird.”

So what does Drake’s passing of a music institution like the Beatles say about where his career is going?

The actor turned rapper seems to have a formula for hit records even though the number 1 Billboard spot has eluded him in the past.

Since signing to YoungMoney/Cash Money Records in 2009, Drake has put out three platinum albums. Along with that, he has a talented supporting cast at his label, one being female rap mogul Nicki Minaj.

Drake has all the tools needed to easily jump from No. 8 to the top spot in the Billboard charts.

In one of his new singles, “All of Me,” Drake called himself “the light skinned Keith Sweat.” Some critics, and Sweat himself have commented on the rapper’s comparison.

And the comparison and critiques didn’t stop there – even Will Smith has gotten in on the action.

For me, I would argue Drake is his own anomaly, a planet in another galaxy thats graces us ever so often with his infectious rhymes and catchy hooks.

Drake v.s. Wayne tour Chicago 2014 Image:Mitchell Gaddis

Drake v.s. Wayne tour Chicago 2014 Photo Credit: Mitchell Gaddis

More than likely the same was said in the 1960′s during the Beatles and invasion of America.

The British band had an album called “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Drake calls himself the “OVO General.”

OVO stands for October’s Very Own. Which is a record label founded by Drake and long time friends Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib.

As much as Drake’s critics don’t want to admit it, this recent Billboard accomplishment is proof that Drake is a staple in pop culture and a leader in hip hop.

Still, Jay Z and Lil Wayne both remain ahead of Drake in the count for most appearances on the Hot 100. Other acts with more Hot 100 singles than Drake include Elvis, James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Glee, which holds the number one spot with 207 entries.

 

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