Nicki Minaj Breaks Aretha Franklin’s Record for Most Billboard Hot 100 Hits
Looks like Nicki Minaj fans have a new reason to boast as the pop rap artist this week. The self-proclaimed Barbie has passed The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, for the most total appearances among women in the chart’s 58-year history.
With the release of her 3 new songs: No Frauds featuring Lil Wayne & Drake (#14), Regret in Your Tears (#61) and Changed It featuring Lil Wayne (#71), Nicki has heard 76 entries in total, surpassing Aretha’s 73.
Aretha held the title for nearly 40 years, from June 1977 with Break It to Me Gently, lifting her ahead of the prior record-holder among women, Connie Francis through March 11, 2017. Nicki tied with Aretha Franklin at 73 charted titles apiece on the March 18 tally, when Make Love, with Gucci Mane, debuted.
Off her 46 titles, Nicki only served as a lead artist for 32 of the songs, with Super Bass serving as her most successful single to date. Released in April 2011, it served as the fifth single from her debut studio album Pink Friday, and managed to peak at #3 on the Hot 100.
While I think it’s a good feat for Nicki Minaj it’s just very surprising that she was the one to beat Aretha Franklin, a respected artist and legend in the industry, whose career has spanned over 4 decades.
Nicki has even surpassed artists such as Taylor Swift, Dionne Warwick, Janet Jackson, Barbara Streisand and Madonna – just to name a few, and she’s managed to do it within an eight year time frame, yet she has NOT EARNED a #1 hit. Though I’m not the BIGGEST Nicki fan, I must congratulate her as a woman and specifically as a BLACK WOMAN.
Billboard has also shared an updated list of the female soloists with the most charted Hot 100 entries:
Most Hot 100 Entries Among Women All-Time
76, Nicki Minaj
73, Aretha Franklin
70, Taylor Swift
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Connie Francis
48, Mariah Carey
48, Brenda Lee
43, Miley Cyrus
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Janet Jackson
40, Diana Ross