By Gary Trust
Fetty Wap performs during the One Hell of a Night Tour at DTE Energy Center on Aug. 16, 2015 in Clarkston, Michigan.
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The rapper’s first three hits rank at Nos. 8, 9 & 11, equaling an honor previously earned only by the Fab Four.
As previously reported, OMI’s “Cheerleader” posts a sixth total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 5), while iconic rap act N.W.A makes its first Hot 100 appearance following the buzz of its hit biopic Straight Outta Compton, as the film’s title track, originally from 1988, enters at No. 38.
Fetty Wap, “My Way,” feat. Monty
Hot 100 Music Festival performer Fetty Wap just misses charting three simultaneous top 10s, as “My Way” drops 8-11, after reaching No. 7. His “679,” featuring Remy Boyz, and “Trap Queen” rank at Nos. 8 and 9, respectively. Still, three hits in the top 11 at once is impressive: he’s the first artist to boast three concurrent hits that high, all as a lead act, since Ariana Grande a year ago; on the Aug. 30, 2014, chart, her “Break Free,” featuring Zedd, zoomed 18-4, “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, dipped 6-7 and “Bang Bang,” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, dropped 9-10.
The last solo male with three songs in the top 11 at the same time, all with lead billing, prior to this week? Chris Brown, on May 10, 2008. Fetty Wap joins Brown and Usher as the only solo males to achieve the feat in the Hot 100’s 57-year history. He’s the first male soloist to do so with his first three chart entries.
And, amazingly, only one other act overall had charted three concurrent songs in the Hot 100’s top 11 with its first three charted titles, all as a lead: the Beatles. On the Hot 100 dated March 14, 1964, in fact, the Fab Four’s first three hits on the chart monopolized the top three: in order from the top, the iconic singles “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Please Please Me.”