People keep hating on Drake, and Drake keeps winning…
Drake has become the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms, according to his record company.
The Canadian rapper makes history two days after it was confirmed that his new album Scorpion was the first to rack up a billion streams in a week, shattering one-day records on both Spotify and Apple in the process. The album’s song streams surpass Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, with its tracks played 700 million times in their opening week in April, Forbes.com reports.
A news release from Republic Records Media, representing Young Money, Cash Money and Republic, confirmed the 50 billion total streaming milestone.
Scorpion is sitting atop the Billboard Top 200 for a fifth straight week and the single “In My Feelings” is topping the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth straight week, bringing Drake’s total Hot 100 singles run to 23 weeks at the top in 2018.
The total number of streams is hard to independently verify. Apple said last month in an Instagram post that Drake has surpassed 10 billion lifetime streams. Industry sources say the Spotify number from of chart-eligible streams may exceed 13 billion. However, the total may be much higher, taking into account other services not counted for chart purposes. Given his recent record-breaking success, some commentators may say that even 50 billion seems too low.
Streaming rates vary across services with many music analysts using a rough average of $0.005 a time. This still makes for a substantial income for the rapper. Drake came in at No. 53 in the Forbes list of 2018 Celebrity 100 Earnings on $47 million. He dropped down the list after slowing his touring pace. That should change as he heads out on the road in support of Scorpion.