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Drake's 'Scorpion' Is Just Fourth Album With 7 Hot 100 Top 10s & First This Century

Wednesday July 11th, 2018
Drake presides over the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 14), as "Nice for What" returns to No. 1 for an eighth week on top and the superstar rapper/singer charts a record-breaking seven songs in the top 10 simultaneously. Concurrently, Drake's new LP Scorpion launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the biggest week of consumption for an album in 2018.
 
Among Drake's numerous achievements this week, Scorpion becomes only the fourth album ever to generate seven top 10 Hot 100 hits, and the first since Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 between 1989 and 1991.
 
 
Here's a look at the elite four LPs to have spun off a record seven Hot 100 top 10s each. Prior to Drake and Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson initiated the achievement with Thriller in 1982-84, followed by Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. in 1984-86.
 
Notably, Michael Jackson is credited on two of the four such sets (see below). And, while the first three albums to join the exclusive club did so via a steady succession of singles promoted to radio, Scorpion reflects the immediacy of streaming, as five of the set's tracks appear in the top 10 for the first time this week upon the album's chart arrival, four of which debut in the top tier.
 
Plus, Scorpion is the first album of the four below whose seven Hot 100 top 10s all chart in the top 10 together; in addition to "Nice" at No. 1 and the five songs new to the region, "God's Plan" rebounds 9-4.
 
Scorpion, Drake
No. 1 (11 weeks), "God's Plan," reached peak Feb. 3, 2018; it was first released as half of the two-track Scary Hours, with "Diplomatic Immunity," which is not on Scorpion
No. 1 (eight weeks to date), "Nice for What," April 21, 2018
No. 2, "Nonstop," July 14, 2018
No. 6, "In My Feelings," July 14, 2018
No. 7, "I'm Upset," July 14, 2018
No. 8, "Emotionless," July 14, 2018
No. 9, "Don't Matter to Me," feat. Michael Jackson, July 14, 2018
 
Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson 
No. 1 (four weeks), "Miss You Much," reached peak Oct. 7, 1989
No. 2, "Rhythm Nation," Jan. 6, 1990
No. 1 (three weeks), "Escapade," March 3, 1990
No. 4, "Alright," June 2, 1990
No. 2, "Come Back to Me," Aug. 18, 1990
No. 1 (one week), "Black Cat," Oct. 27, 1990
No. 1 (one week), "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," Jan. 19, 1991
 
Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen 
No. 2, "Dancing in the Dark," reached peak June 30, 1984
No. 7, "Cover Me," Oct. 20, 1984
No. 9, "Born in the U.S.A.," Jan. 19, 1985
No. 6, "I'm on Fire," April 13, 1985
No. 5, "Glory Days," Aug. 3, 1985
No. 9, "I'm Goin' Down," Oct. 26, 1985
No. 6, "My Hometown," Jan. 25, 1986
 
Thriller, Michael Jackson 
No. 2, "The Girl Is Mine," with Paul McCartney, reached peak Jan. 8, 1983
No. 1 (seven weeks), "Billie Jean," March 5, 1983
No. 1 (three weeks), "Beat It," April 30, 1983
No. 5, "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," July 16, 1983
No. 7, "Human Nature," Sept. 17, 1983
No. 10," P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," Nov. 26, 1983
No. 4, "Thriller," March 3, 1984
 
Of the four albums above, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 is the only one whose seven Hot 100 top 10s all reached the top five. Plus, eighth radio single "State of the World" might've become the set's eighth Hot 100 top 10, but it was never released as a commercially-available single and, per chart rules at the time, was ineligible to chart on the Hot 100; it reached No. 5 on the Radio Songs survey in April 1991.
 
Meanwhile, Michel Jackson came within one notch of a second album with seven Hot 100 top 10s. Thriller follow-up Bad yielded five Hot 100 No. 1s (with its first five singles) in 1987-88 (a record total matched by Katy Perry's Teenage Dream in 2010-11), while seventh and final single "Smooth Criminal" hit No. 7. Sixth single "Another Part of Me" kept Jackson from more history, as it stopped at No. 11 on the Hot 100 in September 1988.
 
Drake could still break the mark for the most Hot 100 top 10s from an album with Scorpion. All 25 of the release's songs appear on the chart (contributing to his one-week-record 27 entries this week), with "Mob Ties" the highest-charting title below the top 10, debuting at No. 13. "Elevate" ranks a spot below, entering at No. 14.

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