JAY-Z Makes History With 100 Solo Hot 100 Appearances
Hov is making chart history. JAY-Z becomes the sixth artist to earn 100 career solo appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as “Mood 4 Eva,” his collaboration with Beyoncé and Childish Gambino off The Lion King: The Gift, debuts at No. 90.
In the 60-year history of the Hot 100, only five other acts have earned over 100 entries on the chart. The “Glee” cast leads with 207 total appearances, followed by Drake (196), Lil Wayne (163), Elvis Presley (109), and Nicki Minaj (103).
JAY-Z also has five additional entries with Beyoncé as The Carters, but those tracks do not count towards his total solo entries.
Of his 100 solo entries, he’s topped the chart four times, starting with Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” in 1999. It was followed by Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” in 2003, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” in 2007, and “Empire State of Mind” with Alicia Keys in 2009. Twenty-one of his 100 entries have reached the top 10.
JAY-Z’s first entry on the Hot 100 was “Ain’t No Ni**a/Dead Presidents” featuring Foxy Brown on April 6, 1996, which peaked at No. 50 two months later.
While JAY-Z earns his 100th Hot 100 hit, his 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter makes her Hot 100 debut this week. “Brown Skin Girl,” which also features Beyoncé, SAINT JHN, and Wizkid, enters at No. 76, marking her first appearance on the chart.
Blue Ivy previously became the youngest-person ever to appear on a Billboard chart with her 2012 appearance on JAY-Z’s “Glory” featuring B.I.C. The fatherhood track, which was released two days after her birth, debuted at No. 74 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.