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OVO head honcho Drake becomes first artist to earn 50 Billion streams on Spotify

OVO head honcho Drake becomes first artist to earn 50 Billion streams on Spotify 1 MUGIBSON WRITES

Despite the current three-year gap in between his full-length records, Drake continues to break and set new records.

According to Chart Data (an industry charts aggregate platform), the OVO head is now the first and only artist to ever surpass 50 billion combined streams on music streaming service – Spotify across all credits.

A breakdown from ChartMasters shows that the 6 God has accumulated 35,704,203,269 streams as a lead artist, while his streams as a featured artist amount to 14,297,795,559. The total sum puts him at 50,001,998,828, nearly 2 million over the 50 billion mark. He is the first artist in history to hit this milestone.

Taking to Instagram, Drake reacted to his streaming record by posting the stat and sharing an upside-down face emoji.

Drake IG Stories
Drake (Picture: IG Stories)

The Toronto-native icon has a total of 12 records on the streaming platform, including his debut EP So Far Gone which only landed on Spotify in February 2019 as part of its 10th anniversary. Drake was also listed among Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the 2010s. Back in 2016, “One Dance” became the first single to ever cross the 1 billion streams threshold on Spotify, while shattering a previous record set by The Beatles for most songs simultaneously charting in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart when 7 singles off Scorpion held spots in the top region of the chart at the same time,  Drake also stands as the first male artist to debut three tracks at No. 1 on the same chart, while holding the record for most entries ever on the Hot 100 with 208.

Much as it’s been nearly three years since Drake released his last studio album, 2018’s Scorpion, but more music is on the way. In August, he released the lead single ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ featuring Lil Durk with the official visual component.

His long-awaited sixth album, Certified Lover Boy, is due early this year, meaning that Drizzy’s hold on the streaming industry is expected to grow even tighter.

Drake was recently spotted in the Bahamas with Meek Mill and the two were reportedly filming a new music video, although any release dates for the project are yet to be announced.

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