In recent interviews, and in a Tweet dated November 18, 2013, T-Pain boasts of being on more #1 hits than the Beatles. T-Pain referenced the claim in a recent interview with DJ Skee, and he clarified the statement during an exclusive interview with HipHopDX.
“I set the record in one year, man,” T-Pain said, while talking exclusively to HipHopDX. “The Beatles had 13 number ones throughout the time they were doing their thing. I had 14 in 2008, so that ain’t even countin’ 2009, 2010, and 2007, because you know I had number one records in all them years. Just in 2008, I set the record for the most number ones.”
In 2008, T-Pain says he appeared on 14 singles that reached the #1 spot on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart. The list includes singles that are credited under other artists names and/or appeared on other artists albums—such as Chris Brown’s “Kiss Kiss.” T-Pain is listed as the writer and producer of “Kiss Kiss,” but for Billboard’s charting purposes, the single is listed as Chris Brown’s with T-Pain as a featured guest. The single appears on the Chris Brown album Exclusive. The distinction between the Beatles #1 singles and T-Pain’s is the Beatles are not listed as featured guests on any of their singles to reach the #1 charting position. All of the Beatles’ #1 singles appear on Beatles albums.
“The Beatles’ 20 toppers remain the most by any artist in the “Hot 100’s” history (Mariah Carey follows with 18.),” wrote Gary Trust in a January 2014 Billboard article commemorating the Beatles’ first time on the “Hot 100” chart. “When Billboard ranked the top acts of the chart’s first 55 years this past August, the Beatles ranked at No. 1.”
Despite the discrepancy between the amount of “Hot 100” #1s he’s appeared on and the amount the Beatles have, T-Pain graced the Billboard charts some six years after multiple appearances in 2008. As of February 16, 2014, T-Pain’s latest single, “Up Down (Do This All Day),” holds the #66 position on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart. The single has been on the chart for 12 weeks.
T-Pain's November 18 tweet regarding the Beatles is as follows.