Spotify, Apple Music, Billboard – Drake tops them all at number one for the 2018 year end numbers.
Show him his opponent. Drake can’t help but be an over achiever when it comes to hit singles but something tells me he surpassed even his own standards by dominating 2018. He “Started From The Bottom” (or Toronto, at least) and now he’s here as the number one recording artist in the world who received the most streams which was revealed when Spotify dropped their top list of “What The World Listening To In 2018.”
Apparently, in this streaming world of music we’re living in, with 8.2 billion streams on Spotify, it’s Drizzy. He really is a household international name. How did he achieve the title as ‘Most Streamed Artist’ with the single God’s Plan as the ‘Most Streamed Track’ and ‘Scorpion’ as the ‘Most Streamed Album‘ of 2018?
There was plenty of competition with 2018 panning out to be the most saturated and substance filled year in hip-hop in a long time. There’s albums on my “must listen to” playlist added months ago that are waiting for me to hit the play button on still. Beyond that, a gaggle of great albums were released this year, some that even outperformed the lyricism and production on Scorpion but failed to receive the public recognition they deserve from the collective.
Is this a red flag that hip-hop is becoming a young man’s sport? Artists are backed and raised to heightened status from the ears of younger generations? It’s giving me the blues a bit as I hit forty years-old and Toronto’s self-proclaimed 6God didn’t just top the charts at Spotify.
Released yesterday, Apple Music also affirmed that Drizzy held the same number one distinction. Same story. It was God’s Plan and Nice For What that stole the top two positions. Upon its release, people around the globe streamed the album Scorpion ten million times per hour.
I suppose Drake should never ask his loyal fans why he has to be “nice for what?”