Drake Is The First Artist To EVER Hit 1 Billion Streams In A Week
Drake just shattered the 1-week streaming record in a big way — he just became the first artist to score over 1 billion streams within a week for his new album Scorpion.
Post Malone previously held the title with 700 million global streams for his latest record Beerbongs & Bentleys. It wasn’t too long before Drake stepped in and changed the streaming game forever as the first to join the billion club in this capacity.
The hip hop sensation took to social media to share the accomplishment and express his thanks to fans: “New era. New platinum. Thank you a billion times over (a billion plus).”
Scorpion made an immediate statement upon its release, racking up over 300 million streams within the first 24 hours. With the first-day streaming record under his belt, Drake continued on to destroy the one week record as well.
This album marks the rapper’s eighth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, a track record that puts him among greats like Kanye West and Eminem. Hear what all the fuss is about — listen to Scorpion here.
Drake – 1 Billion Streams
Beyoncé Has Shattered A Spotify Streaming Record
Aside from being the world's most powerful, recognizable and critically-acclaimed mainstream musician, Beyoncé can add another shattered record into her arsenal plaudits. MTV UK has noted that the "Love Draught" singer has become the first artist in history to have three her albums receive over a billion streams on Spotify.
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Her 2011 effort 4 was recently recognized for topping one billion streams, effectively helping her earn this special designation. The album has now joined I Am...Sasha Fierce and BEYONCÉ, while her singles "Love on Top" and "Run the World (Girls)" each having accumulated a combined total over 400 million streams, which is pretty impressive for an album that saw none its promoted singles reach the top ten the Billboard Hot 100.
What is more impressive is how the songstress doesn't even have her full catalogue on Spotify. She co-owns TIDAL with husband Jay-Z, and as today, is still withholding her seminal album Lemonade from every other streaming service. Furthermore, it took a full calendar year for her self-titled album to become available on Spotify, but that has not deterred subscribers from hitting play; in fact, the singer nets a monthly listenership over 31 million.
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This news comes shortly after the music/cultural icon unveiled a collection Valentine's Day themed merchandise. There is no stopping the undeniable force that is Beyoncé.