Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Aretha Franklin, Almost 75, Still Has the Most Hits Ever on Billboard’s Hot 100–73


Ah, Billboard.

The female artist with the most Hot 100 singles under her own name, and no one else’s, is the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She’s had 73, and she’s likely to have more.

Now Billboard says that Nicki Minaj has tied that record with 73 of her own. She has not. This is fake music news. Nicki’s a lot of fun, but she’s only 29 hits with her own name. She’s been featured as a guest rapper on 44 others.

I like how Billboard says this is “due to the collaborative nature of rap.” BS. Big time. You either have the hits or ya don’t. How many Nicki Minaj songs can you name, let alone sing? Or rap? How many of Aretha’s? I rest my case.

Nicki Minaj is also a novelty act. She’s not Missy Elliott. Let’s get real. Her claim to fame is fighting with Mariah Carey on “American Idol.” And getting plastic surgery. Aretha Franklin is ranked as the number 1 popular singer of all time.

Aretha is appearing this Sunday in Poughkeepsie, New York at the famed Bardavon Opera House, and March 23rd at Mohegan Sun Casino– where she will celebrate her birthday in style.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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