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Drake under fire for Beatles arm tattoo

Drake performs on the Coachella stage during Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California.
Drake performs on the Coachella stage during Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California. Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Drake has put himself ahead of The Beatles ⁠— literally — after recently shattering another of the Fab Four’s chart records.

For his latest forearm tattoo, the Money in the Grave rapper appears to have inked an illustration of the British band crossing Abbey Road while Drake stands at the front of the line, waving at them.

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Drake posted a photograph on his Instagram on Monday, appearing to show a quick glimpse of the new tattoo.

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Drake fan account Word on Road posted a close-up photo of the new ink.

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Drake’s new tattoo comes after the Toronto rapper passed The Beatles for the most charted songs in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in June.

He now holds 35 songs in the upper echelons of the chart, compared to The Beatles’ 34.

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After shattering The Beatles’ record of 12 hit singles in a year in 2018, Drake joined Meek Mill on his track Going Bad and famously rapped:

“Back home, smokin’ legal (Legal)
I got more slaps than The Beatles (Beatles)”

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Some Beatles fans on Twitter thought Drake’s new ink was tasteless, noting that The Beatles never relied on streaming services for their numbers.

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But Drake fans were quick to defend the rapper and his new ink.

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Drake’s collection of random tattoos also includes:

Denzel Washington

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Rihanna

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The rapper also has a jack-o-lantern, Aaliyah, a flaming skull and basketball stars Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.

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Drake is making waves on the Billboard 200 album chart, where his new compilation Care Package earned him a ninth No. 1 album.

Care Package debuted in the top position on the U.S. chart with 109,000 equivalent album units — a tabulation that accounts for both digital sales and streaming plays. Of that amount, 16,000 copies came from digital album sales.

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The album is a collection of B-sides from throughout his career, many which had never received an official release.

Streaming music has dramatically changed how chart services like Billboard quantify the success of artists. With physical sales representing a shrinking part of the music industry, tabulation services have created new calculations to try and set a similar bar.

The changes have meant longstanding records held by performers like Madonna, Michael Jackson and The Beatles have been handily smashed by contemporary performers.

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—With files from the Canadian Press