Drake bests Aretha Franklin, Wonder to set Billboard record

Mesfin Fekadu

NEW YORK (AP) — Earning his 21st number one hit on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart, 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 one 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 one 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 number one successes are songs he co-starred on, including Work with Rihanna, Moment 4 Life with Nicki Minaj, and Fall for Your Type with Jamie Foxx.

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.

Drake. PHOTO: AP