The Billboard asks the question.
The numbers that accompany Drake’s latest installment, “Certified Lover Boy” are so incredible they encourage the most flattering comparisons and debates. Thereby, Billboard whose rankings refer to asked the angry question: is Drake doing better than the Beatles and Michael Jackson? They are also artists who once outrageously dominated their era. Let us recall all the same that in their period, streaming did not exist, which makes their figures untouchable today, if we remove the music from the platforms.
That said, it is clear that the 6 God does not have this nickname for nothing. “CLB” tops the charts for the second week in a row and all in all, it’s almost already a million. He had the biggest first week of 2021 and it’s hard to see who could beat the mark he set. Even Kanye West’s “Donda” and his incredible teasing can’t stand the comparison. To find “opponents” to Drizzy, you have to go back in the history of music and talk about legends. Hence this question tweeted by Billboard : “Is Drake in 2021 now as tall as Michael Jackson or the Beatles in their prime?”
Is Drake in 2021 is now as big as Michael Jackson or The Beatles at their peaks? Let’s look at some of the factors behind Drake’s incredible chart bow.https://t.co/CE6oM8pN5D
– billboard (@billboard) September 18, 2021
If we can see a part of provocation, the question still deserves to be asked, while recalling once again that streaming did not exist for the Beatles or the King of Pop. But still, it is relevant. By ranking nine titles in the Billboard Top Ten, Drake broke the record of Michael Jackson who had placed seven tracks of “Thriller” in 1982. A feat that still lasted 37 years! Drizzy also supplants the King of Pop by having obtained 10 number one albums against “only” 6 in Jackson. The Canadian has also spent the most consecutive weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 (431) and has more entries (258). However, the ex-Jackson 5 still dominates Drake when it comes to number one singles consecutively: he has 5 to two in Drizzy. Finally, “Thriller” remains the best-selling album of all time with more than 100 million copies.
Needless to say, the debate launched by Billboard raged and each of the fans who contributed sharpened their arguments.
“No one was, is or will be at the level of Michael Jackson”, replied a fan on Twitter. Another added: “Michael’s cultural impact crushes everything Drake has done… Michael’s music has literally had a GLOBAL impact. Drake is very far from it right now.”
And you, what is your position in this debate?