Kanye West has always been pretty forthright with his wish to be the biggest name in music since Michael Jackson. It’s a desire he first made clear way, way back in 2004 on his debut The College Dropout, and it’s a claim he has continued to make in each one of his albums ever since. But now it seems like Kanye has truly made it, as he has officially surpassed Michael by earning his 40th Top 40 Hot 100 hit on mainstream radio.
This record-breaking moment came courtesy of Ye’s feature on ScHoolboy Q’s single “Hhat Part,” which moved up to the 40th slot on the Hot 100 this weekend, just nudging Kanye in amongst the top 10 highest charting male artists ever. But he still has a long way to go if he plans on claiming that number one spot, which is currently held by Elvis with a whopping 80 hits. He’ll also have to pass the likes of James Brown, Stevie Wonder and his mentor/best friend Jay Z along the way.
But regardless of the obstacles ahead, he’s done it. Expect any future references to MJ to be served with a good deal more shade.
For the full statistics on the highest-ranking male artists of the Hot 100, head over to Billboard.
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