Post Malone Breaks Beatles’ 54-Year Record For Most Top 20 Hits At Once
The Beatles often feature on lists of the greatest musicians of all time. They churned out banger after banger throughout the 1960s and caused such hysteria among their fans that at some concerts people couldn't even hear the band due to the audience screaming.
But you might be surprised to hear that American rapper Post Malone, real name Austin Richard Post, has now surpassed a record that they held for 54 years.
His second album Beerbongs & Bentleys is expected to remain at the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 Chart for a second week after debuting on 27 April.
While it's received lukewarm reviews from the critics, it hasn't stopped every single song on the 18-track album from entering the Billboard Top 100, making him the third artist ever to achieve the feat behind Drake and The Weeknd.
Tracks 'Psycho', 'Better Now' and 'Rockstar' are all in the Top 10 while a further six others are in the Top 20.
The Beatles set a record in 1964 when they had six songs in the Top 20, a milestone that was equalled by J. Cole's album KOD last week.
That record-breaking moment is just the cherry on top of an incredible opening week for Beerbongs & Bentleys, which also broke Spotify's first-day streaming record with more than 78.7 million plays. That's on the first goddamn day it was released.
Cheers to @PostMalone :beers:
'beerbongs & bentleys' has broken the first-day streaming record both globally (78,744,748) and in the U.S. (47,930,039) https://t.co/55Q4EGK0NL pic.twitter.com/f70PREqqlM
- Spotify (@Spotify) April 28, 2018
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But if you thought Malone's record-breaking streak was over, you'd be wrong. Oh, so wrong.
He also managed to take first place on the list of artists who have the highest number of songs in the Top 40, which is 14.
Not too shabby for a 22-year-old solo artist.
To be fair, he was apparently voted 'Most Likely to Become Famous' by his classmates at high school, although admittedly suggesting this was an act of collective foresight from his peers seems a bit of a stretch.
While people are loving the songs on the Billboard Top 100, it seems as though the people at Billboard aren't fans.
Billboard critic Andrew Unterberger wrote: "On Beerbongs & Bentleys, he sorta stops trying altogether.
"The album is largely what you'd expect from Post given his recent singles and the largesse they've brought him: It's a celebration of being young, famous and fantastically wealthy, with an undercurrent of heartbreak casting a pall on the artist's superficial prosperity."
Post has well and truly broken the Internet considering he's only dropped two official albums. Could he soon garner the same amount of mania that The Beatles managed to attract during their heyday?
Would that be called Postmania or Malonemania?
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