Drake starts the year 2021 with a record. Surpassing the 50 billion mark, the Canadian rapper becomes the most listened-to artist of all time on Spotify!
there last. And the release of his new album “Certified Lover Boy”, scheduled for this month but with no specific date yet, should bring him back to the top.
Historic record for Drake
Until then, Drake can have a smile. According to the tally shared on Chart Data’s Twitter account, the rapper becomes the first artist to pass the 50 billion mark for streaming on Spotify, including collaborations. This makes him simply the most listened to singer on the Swedish streaming platform. The artist congratulated himself with a simple emoji via his Instagram account, while his friend and collaborator, rapper Future, reacted, “50 billion! Wow! Congrats man!”.
To be precise, Drake is currently the eighth most listened to artist on Spotify, with over 51 million monthly listeners, behind The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Dua Lipa. On the platform, his three most listened to songs are “One Dance”, “God’s Plan” and “In My Feelings”, all of which have surpassed one billion listens. “One Dance” held the record for the most popular song on Spotify before being overtaken in September 2017 by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. However, it holds the record for the best Spotify debut with 132 million listens in 24 hours for its latest studio album, “Scorpion”. ‘Scorpion’ is the seventh most listened to record of all time on Spotify with 6.8 billion streams.
Will his new project “Certified Lover Boy” allow him to blast this score? See you in a few weeks to find out! Note that Ariana Grande is the most popular female artist on Spotify with a total of 24 billion hits.
First observation: Spotify, Deezer and other iTunes continue their progression in the global music market. But the question is: can an artist who offers her songs on these platforms really make a living from it? Thanks to a study conducted by the specialist website The Trichordist, we have an overview of the overall revenues generated by the US music streaming market. With this report, we can see what is really going back into an artist’s pocket.
We can see that it’s not the most well-known platforms that are the most generous. In fact, if 47% of listening is done on the streaming app Spotify, it is one of the platforms that artists are paid the least. In 2014, a singer was paid $0.00521 per listen, in 2016 the pay rose to $0.00437 and last year it reached $0.00397. In three years, the Spotify platform has reduced its artists’ remuneration by 24%.