Post Malone Crushes Record Held By Michael Jackson for 34 Years

Meet the new King of Pop.

post malone promo
(Photo: Getty)

The hits just keep on coming for Post Malone.

Best known for monster hip-hop jams like “Rockstar” and “White Iverson”, performing at Maxim parties and getting ill-advised face tattoos, Malone just crushed a pop record held by Michael Jackson for 34 years. 

The rapper’s blockbuster debut album, 2016’s Stoney, has surpassed MJ’s Thriller with the most weeks in the top 10 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Michael Jackson Getty Images
Getty Images

With 77 weeks on the chart, Malone has squeaked past Jackson’s 76 weeks, which previously fended off Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut (64 weeks) and the Black Eyed Peas’ The E.N.D. (63 weeks).

It’s the latest big chart feat for Malone, who beat a Beatles record back in May when nine songs from his chart-topping album, Beerbongs & Bentleys nabbed top 20 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, handily smashing the previous six-song record held by The Beatles and rapper J. Cole. 

Consequence of Sound points out, however, that it was much tougher to capture that record back in the day.

As Billboard notes, things have changed for the charts: Beginning February 11th 2017, the list went from “a strictly sales-based formula to one calculating multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.”

They also point out that Thriller still holds the record for most weeks spent at No. 1 with a whopping 37, which dwarfs Stoney‘s three.

What they don’t point out, however, is that Thriller managed to top the charts at a time that also saw the release of U2’s War, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, The Police’s Synchronicity, Madonna’s self-titled debut, Huey Lewis and the News’ Sports, Genesis’ eponymous smash, and the list of pop juggernauts goes on.

True, and we imagine that Post is thrilled to even be in the same conversation as a legend like MJ. 

And luckily, Post’s “Congratulations” is the perfect song to celebrate his achievement.