Aretha Franklin by numbers: from being the first woman in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to having the most singles on Billboard charts

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She was called the Queen for a reason

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Singer Aretha Franklin died aged 76.

She was the Queen of Soul for a reason.

From breaking records to paving the way for other female singers, Aretha Franklin set a series of firsts for women.

Here’s a look at her groundbreaking accomplishments and chart-topping successes by the numbers.

The history behind soul music - the precursor to modern R'n'B

  • In 1987, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  • Franklin became the first woman to earn 100 songs on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in October 2014, thanks to her cover of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, which debuted at number 47 on that chart.

  • Her 1971 show at the Fillmore West made her the first R&B performer to headline the San Francisco venue.

  • She’s won a whopping 18 Grammys, and scored 44 nominations.

  • The Queen of Soul has a total of 112 singles that have landed on Billboard charts, the most of any female.

  • Reigning supreme, Franklin is number one on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list.

  • She also holds the number nine slot on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, the highest ranking female on the list.

  • Franklin’s sold more than 75 million records around the world.

  • She’s got 20 number-one R&B singles.

  • In 1979, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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