The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop Charts: Drake Is Top Artist for Record Fifth Year.

He also claims 2018’s top album & song on the year-end R&B/hip-hop charts.

Drake adds yet another record to his Billboard résumé, as he leads the 2018 year-end Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists ranking for an unprecedented fifth time. The superstar extends his title defense to a fourth consecutive year (having led the list in 2015, 2016 and 2017), in addition to his first coronation in 2012. With five year-end finishes, Drake overtakes the record he shared with R. Kelly, who led the list on four occasions: 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2001.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the charts dated Dec. 2, 2017, to Nov. 17, 2018. Data registered before or after a title’s chart run is not considered in these standings. That methodology detail, and the December-to-November time period, account for some of the differences between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music.

This time, Drake traces his massive year to Scorpion, which ends the year as the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album. The set, which posted five weeks on the corresponding Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart No. 1 during the 2018 chart year (Dec. 2, 2017 through Nov. 17, 2018), is Drake’s fourth time at the helm of the annual ranking. He previously was top of the class in 2012 with Take Care, 2015 with If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and 2016 with Views.