Aretha Franklin can add one more accolade to her mantle of accomplishments. The Queen of Soul is now the first female artist to have 100 titles on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
With her version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” debuting at No. 47 on the chart, Franklin joins only three other artist to reach this milestone. Since the Billboard chart became multi-metric ranking in 1958, only Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and James Brown have had 100 titles make the list. Franklin scored her first hit on the chart with the song “Today I Sing the Blues,” which peaked at No. 4 in 1960.
“Rolling in the Deep” will be featured on the forthcoming album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (out Oct. 21).
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Jolie A. Doggett