Syracuse-born rapper Post Malone has broken a record held by The Beatles for more than half a century.
Billboard reports the “Congratulations” hitmaker has nine songs in the top 20 simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, shattering the previous record of six held by The Beatles since 1964. Rapper J. Cole tied the legendary rock band’s six songs mark last week with his latest album, “KOD,” but the record is now solely Malone’s after belonging to Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr for 54 years.
All 18 songs from Malone’s latest album, “beerbongs & bentleys,” are in the Hot 100 chart for the week ending May 3. “Psycho,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign,” is No. 2 behind Drake’s “Nice for What”; two other Malone songs — “Better Now” and the former No. 1 smash “Rockstar” — are also in the top 10 this week.
Billboard says Malone has also set a new record for most songs concurrently in the Top 40 with 14. Until J. Cole had 10 songs in the top 40 last week, the record was nine and shared by hip-hop stars Cardi B, Drake and Kendrick Lamar.
Malone’s sophomore release, “beerbongs & bentleys,” also hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart Sunday. It’s earned 461,000 equivalent album sales in its debut week, three times as many as the current No. 2 album, Keith Urban’s “Graffit U.”
Malone, who was born Austin Post in Syracuse and lived in Central New York until he was 10, has gotten much of his success from streaming. Billboard charts count 1,500 audio streams of a song as one song sale, and he broke a record with 431.3 million on-demand audio streams from “beerbongs & bentleys” tracks over the past week on services like YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music.
Spotify said Malone’s album also broke its first day streaming record and its first week streaming record with 411.8 million global streams, including 236.5 million U.S. streams.
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The RIAA certified “beerbongs & bentleys” platinum with more than 1 million units moved just four days after its April 27 release, largely thanks to streaming. The RIAA updated its certification rules in 2016 to count 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams as equivalent to 10 track sales or 1 album sale.
Malone is currently on tour with 21 Savage; their sole Upstate New York concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, at the Darien Lake Amphitheater near Buffalo. Malone was previously scheduled to perform in Syracuse last year at the New York State Fair, but canceled to accept an invitation to the MTV Video Music Awards instead.
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