Drake takes 7 spots on Billboard Top 10, breaking Beatles' record

Late rapper XXXTentacion performing in Miami

That beat a record of five simultaneous songs by The Beatles in 1964 when the British band was at the height of its fame.

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. But it wouldn't look like almost as massive a success if not for a relatively recent change in the way the album and singles charts are tallied, and with the marathon length of Scorpion itself.

All 25 tracks from "Scorpion", which was released online June 29, managed to climb onto the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

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

The rapper broke his own record of most singles charting in the Hot 100 with 27 - including all 25 tracks from "Scorpion".

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The Toronto-based artist "boasts seven songs in the top 10 simultaneously".

So it's a little unfair to compare Drake's numbers to the Beatles and Michael Jackson records he smashed.

Drake's former No. 1 hit, "Nice for What", returned to the top position, while "Nonstop" debuts at No. 2.

No one but Drake and his collaborators can say for sure whether Scorpion's two discs were part of a conscious chart domination strategy, but it certainly seems like it. Here's a list of the major Hot 100 chart records Drake has set since he first hit the chart back in 2009.

Drake's fresh off the release of his latest album, Scorpion.

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