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Billboard Sets Off Drake Vs. Michael Jackson Debate – With Numbers To Back It Up

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: Rapper Drake poses in the press room with his awards for Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for 'Views,' Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Song Sales Artist, Top Streaming Artist, Top Streaming Song (Audio) for 'One Dance,' Top R&B Song for 'One Dance,' Top R&B Collaboration for 'One Dance,' Top Rap Artist, Top Rap Album for 'Views,' and Top Rap Tour during the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Billboard has set social media ablaze as it tried to compare Drake’s success to that of Michael Jackson, here are the numbers they used to back up the debate.

With Drake’s album, Certified Lover Boy, his songs “Way 2 Sexy,” “Girls Want Girls,” “Fair Trade,” “Champagne Poetry” and “Knife Talk” sit at numbers one through five on the Hot 100 chart this ties him with the Beatles 57-year-old record for as the only act to hold the top five in a single week.

Drake has nine tracks that sit in the top 10 of the chart dated September 18th which breaks MJ’s record for most top tens from the same album, which remained undefeated for 37 years, until now.

Fans defended Michael Jackson with photos of swarms of people who often followed Jackson as he moved about. Others quoted Michael’s impressive record of the 120 million “Thriller” records sold, five best-selling albums, his chart appearances since he was 11, calling him the most successful artist of all time.

What do you think? Is Drake just as or more successful than Michael Jackson?


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