Nicki Minaj Passes Aretha Franklin for Most Billboard Hot 100 Hits of Female Artists
Nicki Minaj makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, passing the "Queen of Soul", Aretha Franklin, for the most total appearances among female artists in the Billboard chart’s 58 years.
Nicki Minaj debuted three songs, “No Frauds” (feat. Drake and Lil Wayne at No. 14), “Regret in You Tears” (No. 61), and “Changed It” (featuring Lil Wayne at No. 71), not only upping her count to 76 career Hot 100 entries, but surpassing Aretha Franklin top count of 73, which was up until now the highest count for female artists.
Franklin had held the number one spot for the most Hot 100 visits among women all to herself for nearly 40 years, from June 18, 1977 (when "Break It to Me Gently" debuted as her 54th appearance, lifting her ahead of the prior record-holder among women, Connie Francis) through March 11, 2017. Minaj matched Franklin at 73 charted titles apiece on the March 18th, when "Make Love," with Gucci Mane, debuted.
Minaj first hit the Hot 100 on Feb. 20 in 2010, as featured on Lil Wayne's No. 44-peaking "Knockout." She then charted as a lead with "Your Love," which reached No. 14 in August 2010. Minaj has since achieved 13 top 10s, with 2014's No. 2 hit "Anaconda" being her highest-charting.
Franklin's span on the Hot 100 stretches from 1961 to 1998. The legend has notched 17 top 10s, including the No. 1s "Respect" (two weeks on top, 1967) and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," with George Michael (two weeks, 1987).
Billboard listed an updated count of the female soloists with the most charted Hot 100 entries dating to the ranking's Aug. 4, 1958. See the list below!
Most Hot 100 Entries Among Women All-Time
76, Nicki Minaj
73, Aretha Franklin
70, Taylor Swift
56, Dionne Warwick
53, Connie Francis
48, Mariah Carey
48, Brenda Lee
43, Miley Cyrus
41, Barbra Streisand
40, Mary J. Blige
40, Janet Jackson
40, Diana Ross