05 Nov 2020: Drake beats Franklin, Wonder in Billboard No. 1 race
Rapper Drake has created another record in Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart with his latest No. 1 track Laugh Now Cry Later.
The song happens to be his 21st song topping the charts.
This feat has defeated the past Billboard No. 1 chart records held by both genius songwriter Stevie Wonder and R&B legend Aretha Franklin.
Now that's surely a great feat to achieve!
Billboard trivia: Franklin, Wonder's last chart toppers were in 1985, 1988 respectively
Franklin, who died in 2018, had got her last topper in this Billboard chart for the song Freeway of Love in 1985.
Similarly, Wonder had his last song hitting this spot in 1988 for You Will Know.
Each of these artistes had 20 songs scorching the no. 1 positions of Billboard and those were mostly solo compositions.
It's not the same for Drake though.
Logic: Nine songs in No. 1 position had Drake collaborating
Many of Drake's 21 top songs in this chart consist of collaborations with various artistes such as Rihanna, Timbaland, Lil Wayne, Jamie Foxx and others.
There are 12 of the 21 songs in which the rapper has led the production and performance of the song.
The remaining nine songs have the artiste co-starring.
Applying this logic, Drake becomes the new record holder.
Other records: He has also defeated the likes of Madonna, Swift
With songs Popstar and Greece as collaborations with DJ Khaled, Drake listed 40 Billboard top 10 hits in July, beating Madonna's tally of 38.
Thanks to Billboard Music Awards 2019, he now has 27 BMA trophies, while Swift has 23.
Speech: Thanks "mom for the times you drove me to piano"
Last year, when he won a stunning 12 awards at the BMA, in Las Vegas, Drake gave an emotional speech about his mother.
"I want to thank my mom for all the times you drove me to piano....No matter how long it took me to figure out what I wanted to do, you were always there to give me a ride," he said.