Drake has just broken a new record on the Billboard charts – surpassing Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder for the most No.1 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. After spending 10 weeks at No.2, “Laugh Now Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk moved up to the top of the chart, giving Drake his 21st No.1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop hit.
In addition to breaking the records of Franklin and Wonder (with 20 No.1 hits each), Drake also surpasses such heavyweights as James Brown (17 chart-topping singles), Janet Jackson (16), and The Temptations (15), as well Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Usher, who all topped the chart 13 times.
Lil Durk, meanwhile, is celebrating his first No.1 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, which Billboard launched in 1958. Drake has topped the chart 12 times as a lead artist (beginning with 2009’s “Best I Ever Had”) and eight times as a featured artist, including collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Travis Scott.
Drake holds numerous Billboard records, including having the most singles on the Hot 100 (209 songs in total). He also stands as having the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week (27), and, at 431 total weeks, has spent the most time on the Hot 100. In 2017, Drake broke the record for having the most Hot 100 debuts in one week (22).
The Grammy Award-winning artist has also scored the most No.1 singles on the Hot Rap Songs chart, the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, and the Rhythmic charts.
“Laugh Now Cry Later” marks the first single off Drake’s forthcoming album, Certified Lover Boy. Just weeks ago, the Canadian artist revealed details about his sixth studio album, which is set for release in January via OVO Sound/Republic.
The announcement video, which Drake shared on his 34th birthday, made visual references to several of Drake’s previous releases, including Take Care, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, and Nothing Was The Same.