Post Malone breaks The Beatles’ US chart record

Rapper smashes record for the most simultaneous top 20 in the Hot 100

Post Malone has broken a US chart record previously co-held by The Beatles.

In a two-star reviewNME‘s Larry Bartleet described the 22-year-old’s second album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ as “directionless”, arguing that it made “the rockstar lifestyle sound beige”.

After beating Anne-Marie and Blossoms to number one in the UK, Post Malone has now claimed his first US number one, shifting 461,000 equivalent album units.

He has also broken the record for the most simultaneous top 20 in the Hot 100. The star has nine songs in the top 20 this week, breaking The Beatles and J Cole‘s previous record of six. Post Malone has also broken the record for the most simultaneous top 40 tracks with 14 songs in the chart this week.

Post Malone

Post Malone

Last November, Post Malone addressed accusations of cultural appropriation and previous comments he made about hip-hop.

Previously, the American rapper, singer and producer claimed that fans “looking for lyrics” and “looking to think about life” should listen to Bob Dylan instead of hip-hop.

Later clarifying, he said: ““A lot of people [are] saying I don’t appreciate hip-hop or I’m taking advantage of hip-hop. My last hip-hop album was fuckin’ hip-hop, my next hip-hop album is fuckin’ hip-hop. I love hip-hop, I make hip-hop. I wanna take this genre and stretch it so far that people who may not listen to it, listen to it.”