Drake Had Extra Streams Than Each Pre-1980 Track Whole Final Yr


Drake is the king of streaming. Even simply Spotify numbers, he’s been the platform’s most-streamed artists on three separate years (extra occasions than anyone else) and he was the platform’s most-streamed artist of the 2010s. His reputation continued in 2021: Billboard experiences final yr, his music had extra on-demand audio streams within the US than the mixed complete streams of each track from earlier than 1980.

Billboard breaks it down:

“Music launched within the Nineties generated 60 billion streams in 2021, which interprets to six.07% of streams; music launched throughout the Nineteen Eighties accounted for 33.84 billion streams, or 3.42%. Music launched earlier than then doesn’t even account for a single-digit share level: Music from the Nineteen Seventies scored 3.51 billion streams, or 0.36% of the overall; music from the Nineteen Sixties had 2.64 billion streams, or 0.27%; and Fifties materials generated simply 212.85 million streams, or 0.02%. (The market share of music launched earlier than that’s too small to depend.) All instructed, music launched earlier than 1980 accounted for 0.6% of 2021 US on-demand streaming – whereas Drake himself generated 7.91 billion streams, or 0.8%.”

different knowledge, it will appear Taylor Swift additionally beat the whole lot pre-1980 final yr (in a notably shut name), as Billboard beforehand reported, “Drake racked up almost 1.9 billion extra on-demand audio streams [in the US] than Swift, the nation’s second most-streamed artist, who accounted for 0.61% of all on-demand audio streams.”

Whereas the all-time streaming charts are inclined to favor new music, there’s one track from the ’70s that has thrived: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the one track from the last decade in the highest 100 most-streamed songs on Spotify (and simply certainly one of two from earlier than the 2000s, alongside Oasis’ “Wonderwall“). On Spotify’s official 240-song “BILLIONS CLUB” playlist, which collects songs with a billion streams on the platform, Queen has 4 songs, whereas Drake has eight. Swift’s sole entry on the playlist is her Zayn collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Reside Ceaselessly.”


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