UPDATED: 9:48 A.M. ET, Jan 20, 2021 —
As Drake gears up to release his next album, he breaks a new Spotify record by becoming the first artist to cross 50 billion streams.
Drake is gearing up to head into another album cycle with his upcoming project, Certified Lover Boy. The trailer he released for the album was a reflection of all of his covers up until this point. Over the course of his 10 plus years in the game, Drake has kept us fed with music, often not going longer than 90 days without releasing something new for his fans. Now, all that hard work has brought yet another blessing his way as Spotify reveals he is the first artist ever to surpass 50 billion streams.
ChartMasters has a breakdown of the data, which includes 35,704,203,269 streams for songs in which Drake is credited as the lead artist. For songs on which Drake is credited as a featured artist, he’s amassed a whopping 14,297,795,559 total streams. If you do the math, the total comes to 50,001,998,828 billion streams. And with his next studio album on the way, that number should balloon by the end of the year.
With Certified Lover Boy set to drop next month, Drakes’s streaming feat is likely to grow even bigger. This will be the follow-up to his 2018 album “Scorpion.”
This isn’t the first time that Drake has made a major accomplishment with streaming. Back in 2010, the “Hotline Bling” crooner racked up 28 Billion streams becoming Spotify’s “most-streamed artist,” according to Variety. Other artists who were close to hitting the mark were Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande, and Eminem.
This also makes another great case for Drake’s place as the greatest to ever do it.