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They held onto it for 54 years.
Now, in the blink of an eye, The Beatles have lost the historic record they set in 1964 – to Canadian rapper Drake.
That’s right, folks. Drake’s new record Scorpion has set a record of its own with a whopping 7 simultaneous singles on Billboard’s Top 10, eclipsing the record previously set by The Beatles in 1964 when they racked up 5 simultaneous singles.
The Fab 4 went down in history the week of April 4, 1964 when they locked down Billboard’s Top 5 with “Can’t Buy Me Love” (#1), “Twist and Shout” (#2), “She Loves You” (#3), “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (#4) and “Please Please Me” (#5) inside of a week.
On its own, “Can’t Buy Me Love” embarked on a five-week reign of terror at the #1 spot on the charts, securing the third of three #1 hits behind “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You”; it even broke a record of its own when it jumped from #27 to #1, a record broken in 2002 when American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson soared from #52 to #1 with her chart-topping ballad “A Moment Like This”.
But all is not lost.
Drake may have snatched away The Beatles’ cushy 54-year record like a thief in the night, but they’re still the reigning kings of the charts. After all; The Beatles were the ones that paved the way with their meteoric rise to fame and the top of the charts!