Drake has become the first artist ever to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify. The Toronto rapper is one of the streaming service’s most popular artists, with his 2018 song “God’s Plan” racking up 1.67 billion streams alone.
The Chart Data website, which keeps regular tabs on chart movements and streaming figures, has now announced that Drake has surpassed 50 billion combined streams (including featured credits) on Spotify.
The site, which tweeted the update on Sunday, January 17, notes that Drake is “the first artist in history to hit this milestone.”
.@Drake has now surpassed 50 billion streams on Spotify across all credits. He is the first artist in history to hit this milestone.
— chart data (@chartdata) January 17, 2021
The independent music data website, ChartMasters, backs this claim up, calculating that Drake has clocked up 35.72 billion streams of his own songs and 14.30 billion streams of “featured streams” (such as tracks he has guested on), taking his combined total to just over 50 billions streams on Spotify.
Drake acknowledged his streaming achievement on his Instagram Stories yesterday. January 18. Future, who has regularly collaborated with Drake over the years, congratulated his fellow rapper on Twitter yesterday.
Drake’s next album, Certified Lover Boy, is set to be released this year. It had been rumored that the record could emerge this month, but so far no announcement has been made.
Back in November, the rapper acknowledged that he expects some people will “hate on” Certified Lover Boy like they did with his 2016 album Views.
Certified Lover Boy was first announced when Drake released the lead single, “Laugh Now, Cry Later” featuring Lil Durk, back in August. A month prior, engineer Noel Cadastre said the LP was 90 per cent complete but “y’all gonna have to wait on that last 10 per cent”.
Certified Lover Boy will be the follow-up to Drake’s 2018 album, Scorpion. Since the release of Scorpion, Drake has also released the Care Package compilation album in 2019 and the Dark Lane Demo Tapes collection of rarities, the latter of which featured viral track ‘Toosie Slide’.
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