NEW YORK, United States, Monday March 27, 2017 – Trinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj has surpassed Aretha Franklin on the Billboard Charts to become the woman with the most Hot 100 Hits in any genre.
Aretha Franklin held onto that record for the last 40 years, until earlier this month when Minaj tied with her at 73 hits with her feature on Gucci Mane’s “Make Love” single.
She dropped three new singles “No Frauds,” “Regret in Your Tears” and “Changed It” with her label mates Lil Wayne and Drake, which charted at No. 14, 61 and 71 respectively, pushing her to 76 hits.
Most of Minaj’s hits are due mostly to being featured vocal on a song as opposed to being the lead like Franklin did. But lead vocal or not, the hits still count.
Minaj took to Instagram to show her gratitude and thank her fans:
“Man, I tell ya…God said he ain’t done showing off yet. Lol. Walked off stage to find out history was made yet again today… To my fans: I fkn love you guys more than I’ll ever be able to put into words.”
Man, I tell ya… God said he ain’t done showing off yet. Lol. Walked off stage to find out history was made yet again today. #NoFrauds #RegretInYourTears + #ChangedIt charted this week on Billboard & I now hold the title of most Hot 100 entries in the HISTORY of BILLBOARD among women of EVERY genre. To my fans: I fkn love u guys more than I’ll ever be able to put in words. Thank u so much for your unwavering love & support. God bless each & every one of you. To God be the glory. #YoungMoney #NickiInLONDON Island girl from South Side Jamaica, QUEENS!!!! NEW YORK CITY!!!!! 👅Rrraaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
She also posted a video with her celebratory twerk after receiving the news:
Minaj has 13 top 10s under belt, with her song “Anaconda” peeking at No. 2. However, she has never achieved the number 1 spot on the Billboard chart. Her first entry on the top 100 was as a feature on Lil Wayne’s “Knockout” and her first leading hit was “Your Love” which peaked at No. 14.
Minaj has hinted at dropping her fourth studio album when she was featured on Major Lazer’s track “Run Up”. In it, Minaj raps “‘Bout to drop an album, this is my fourth.” She also hinted in a now deleted tweet the initials of the album “MYOB” that is was coming soon.
Other than these small details, she has kept the album under wraps. Once her album does drop, it is highly possible that Nicki Minaj will extend her lead for the most Top 100 hits.