Drake’s Entire Album Is on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Seven more songs debut from surprise album, giving Drake a record-breaking 21 entries.

Drake rules 42 percent of the 50-position Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated March 7), as the hip-hop star has 21 concurrent songs on the tally — breaking his own record for the most simultaneously charting hits in the history of the chart. (The new chart will be refreshed on Billboard‘s websites on Thursday, Feb. 26.)

Seven more tracks from his surprise album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Latedebut on the newest chart, joining the 10 already-charting cuts from the set. Thus, all 17 tracks from Drake’s album are charting on the tally.

Drake Becomes First Rapper to Top Artist 100

His grand total climbs to 21 charting tracks, as he’s also a featured act on four additional songs.

Drake surpasses his previous record for the most concurrently-charting songs — 14 – which he matched a week ago (on the chart dated Feb. 25) following the debut of his album.

The new songs enter off the strength of downloads and streaming, with every track from the set logging no less than 1.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. Of the album’s tracks, “Energy” leads the pack, taking Streaming Gainer honors and increasing by 201 percent (to 4.6 million clicks), with 82 percent stemming from Spotify plays. Sales of the cut also rise (up 21 percent to 77,000 downloads), driving it 4-1 on Rap Digital Songs — his first No. 1 as a lead act (and fourth overall) on the still-young chart.

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Of his latest arrivals on the chart, “Know Yourself” earns the Hot Shot Debut at No. 23, owed in part to a 13 percent spike in downloads (to 15,000).

If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late remains at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 129,000 copies in its second week (down 74 percent). The momentum of the new project secures a second week atop the Billboard Artist 100, where Drake became the first rapper to earn a No. 1 spot.

Here are Drake’s 21 titles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (dated March 7, 2015):
No. 4 – “Only,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 5 – “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 9 – “Energy”
No. 16 – “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen, featuring Drake
No. 17 – “Legend”
No. 19 – “10 Bands”
No. 22 – “Blessings,” Big Sean, featuring Drake
No. 23 – “Know Yourself” (Debut)
No. 26 – “No Tellin’”
No. 27 – “Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 28 – “6 God” (Debut)
No. 29 – “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne
No. 32 – “Now & Forever”
No. 34 – “6 Man”
No. 38 – “Jungle”
No. 39 – “Star67″ (Debut)
No. 40 – “Madonna” (Debut)
No. 42 – “Company” Featuring Travis Scott” (Debut)
No. 43 – “Wednesday Night Interlude” featuring PartyNextDoor (Debut)
No. 45 – “6PM In New York”
No. 49 – “You & The 6″ (Debut)

Piers Morgan Calls Kanye West ‘the Muhammad Ali of Show Business’


Two days ago(Feb. 23), Kanye West gave a riveting speech while accepting his Visionary Award at the 2015 BET Honors. Speaking on love, happiness and race relations within the entertainment industry, Yeezy’s words were compelling and moving. Piers Morgan took a second to reflect on Kanye’s most popular “rants” throughout the years and wrote a passionate article on Mail Online admiring ”the way Kanye fights his corner like a wounded bull careering around a china shop” as he brings to light important issues in America.

“I’ve come to realize that [Kanye West is] the Muhammad Ali of show business: The single most fascinating, compelling, unpredictable, dangerous and uniquely talented star in the world,” said Morgan.

The British journalist, acknowledges that sometimes ‘Ye doesn’t always take the best approach. For example, the 2009 VMAs stint where he interrupted Taylor Swift as she accepted her award. However, according to Morgan, you can’t help but think that Kanye has a point after he does these things.  ”It was Taylor’s moment, and of course he should have let her enjoy it,” said Piers. “And yet, any dispassionate observer would have to agree he was also completely right; Beyonce’s sensational video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring It)” blew Taylor’s “You Belong With Me” to smithereens,” he added. Similarly, Morgan believes Kanye had a point with his recent comments about Beck’s Grammy win for Best Album of the Year. ”And, frankly, if Beck did have an ounce of self-awareness about the cheesy guff he churns out, that’s exactly what he should have done,” said the former CNN news host.

As he continued, Morgan touched on some of Yeezy’s other infamous rants, including ‘Ye’s comments about President Bush not carrying about Black people post Hurricane Katrina, and his fight against homophobia within hip-hop.

Trailer: Son Of The Congo

Serge Ibaka managed to escape the war-torn streets of the Congo and play his way to the top of the NBA. In ‘Son of the Congo,’ he returns to his native country, revisiting the empty lots where he used to sleep, reconnecting with his daughter, and confronting the stark reality facing Congolese youth. The odds are long, but Ibaka imparts his unshakable belief that a better future is possible if you never stop trying. The full length documentary will be released for free on Grantland.com on March 23rd.