Drake bests Aretha Franklin, Wonder to set Billboard record
Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, November 3, 2020 12:03PM EST
NEW YORK - Earning his 21st Number 1 hit on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, Toronto rapper Drake has bested a record previously held by icons Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.
Drake's “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring rapper Lil Durk, reached the Number 1 spot on the chart this week.
Wonder and Franklin, who died in 2018, each have had 20 songs top the chart.
Of Drake's 21 Number 1 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, 12 include him in the leading role, including “God's Plan,” “In My Feelings,” “Hotline Bling,” “Hold On, We're Going Home” and “Best I Ever Had,” his first major hit released in 2009.
Nine of his top hits are songs he co-starred on, including “Work” with Rihanna, “Moment 4 Life” with Nicki Minaj, “Fall for Your Type” with Jamie Foxx and “I Invented Sex” with Trey Songz.
Earlier this year, 34-year-old Drake made Billboard chart history when he set a new record for most songs on the Hot 100 chart - Billboard's main songs chart that includes all music genres.