Canadian rapper Drake smashes the 55-year-old Beatles record

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Canadian rapper Drake has surpassed a long-standing record held by the Beatles.

For 55 years, The Beatles had the most top 5 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, with 29.

Now Drake is the artist with the most top 5 hits in Hot 100 history, with 30 songs reaching that milestone.

Drake features on DJ Khaled’s Staying Alive, also featuring Lil Baby, who debuted at number five on this week’s chart.

It’s the latest in a long line of Drake releases to create Billboard chart history.

This means Drake also extended his records for the most top 10, top 20, top 40 and Hot 100 entries in its 64-year history.

The work of Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison was recently documented in The Beatles: Get Back.(Supplied: Apple Corps Ltd)

The rapper celebrated his achievement on social media, with Billboard also posting a video announcement.

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The Hot 100 has included streaming data over the past decade, which means an entire album’s track listing can appear after its debut.

Previously, only songs marketed for individual purchase were eligible to appear on the charts.

Drake broke record after record after record

The Grammy-winning artist has received numerous accolades from Billboard, including the most Hot 100 hits at 277.

Drake also scored a record seven songs at number one on the Hot 100.

He also has 44 songs that debuted in the Hot 100 top 10, meaning he has the most Hot 100 top 10 debuts of any artist.

Drake was born Aubrey Drake Graham in Toronto in 1986.

He first rose to fame as an actor in the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.

His musical breakthrough came in 2009 when he released the mixtape So Far Gone, which included the hit single Best I Ever Had.

He took on other major entertainment ventures, becoming executive producer of the TV series Euphoria, starring Emmy Award-winning Zendaya, in 2019.

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