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Drake breaks Beatles historic record

Drake breaks 54-year-old Beatles record with seven simultaneous Top 10 songs Drake and late rapper XXXTentacion dominate NZ Top40
Charles Bowen | 11 July, 2018, 06:26

Drake's Scorpion now holds the number one spot on the NZ Official Top 40 Albums chart, while XXXTentacion's Question Mark sits in third, separated only by Florence + The Machine's new album High As Hope, which is in the number two position.

"Scorpion" debuted on the chart the same week Billboard changed how it counts streaming plays. That beat a record of five simultaneous songs by The Beatles in 1964 when the British band was at the height of its fame.

All of this comes on the heels of Drake also notching a streaming record.

Hip hop artist Drake and late rapper XXXTentacion are now dominating New Zealand's Official Top40 Singles Chart, with both artists holding five chart positions.

Drake's new album Scorpion is comfortably topping the NZ Album Chart.

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In 2014, Billboard altered its system for calculating album sales to include streaming numbers, introducing terms like "equivalent album units" and "streaming equivalent albums" into the lexicon of those who follow the pop charts closely.

Streaming services in 2017 became the recording industry's biggest single revenue source, overtaking sales of physical albums and digital downloads.

Canadian rapper Drake shattered records with his new album "Scorpion", which became the first to score one billion streams in its first week and also debuted at No 1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. The rapper as a total of 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with 25 of them from Scorpion. "Nice for What" has returned to the top spot on the chart, making it the only song to ever hit No. 1 four times in the chart's history.

The album had some major marketing heft behind it.

Since 2009 Drake has launched 186 songs on the Hot 100 chart.

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