Not only is Drake artist of the decade but also our heartbreak hero. Listening through his anthems on a long car journey made us feel like we were the heartbroken one in the music video. Aside from teaching us what heartbreak is, he also taught us what love is. The love we have for this man for being that absent parent, our therapist and the one who told us what we needed when we needed it can never be repaid.
Another day, another record for Drizzy. According to Chart Data's tweet, Drake is officially the first artist in history to generate 50 billion total streams on Spotify.
According to ChartMasters, the Canadian rapper has accumulated a total of 50,001,998,828 over the years. The impressive stats include 35,704,203,269 streams for songs in which Drake is credited as the lead and 14,297,795,559 in which he is a featured artist.
Of course, with his highly-anticipated studio album ‘Certified Lover Boy’ said to drop on January 29, the number of streams will undoubtedly increase significantly in 2021.
The news comes after Spotify revealed that Drake was the most-streamed artist of the 2010s, with his hit record ‘One Dance’ the second most-streamed song of the 2010s behind Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’.
2020 was also the year that saw Drake and Future take the top spot for YouTube’s top music videos in the UK for their track ‘Life Is Good’ while ‘Toosie Slide’ came in at number 10.
The record-breaking news comes over a decade after Drake first entered the Hot 100 at No. 92 on May 23, 2009, with his record ‘Best I Ever Had’. Over the years, the hitmaker has collaborated with Rihanna and Mary J. Blige to Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, earning his stripes as one of the most successful artists of our era.
In the ten years since his breakthrough mixtape ‘So Far Gone’ dropped, Drake has released an impressive five studio albums, three compilations, six mixtapes and 55 singles outselling the likes of Jay-Z, Eminem and Tupac.
As we patiently await his sixth studio album, now is an excellent time to stream some of Drizzy’s greatest hits.
"Toosie Slide" - the new single released by Drake has taken the internet by storm, particularly the TikTok generation. With not much else to do in quarantine, we're seeing a rise in "Toosie Slide" dances. Thanks to the rapper's instructional lyrics, fans have been quick to jump on the hype. As a result, Drizzy has landed his 3rd Debut No.1 Single on the US Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. He is now the first male artist to ever achieve this feat.
When it comes to breaking records, it's almost second nature to Drake. As he celebrates unrivalled success, we're taking a look back at some of the records he's broken. In the past decade, Drake has earned his stripes as he's consciously showcased his ability to lead the way in the US and beyond.
If we're talking numbers, the simple answer to the number of records he's broken is a lot. After achieving his first number one record with "What's My Name?" featuring Rihanna, his ran began and didn't slow down. Back in 2012, the Toronto native overtook Jay-Z for the title of most number one's on Billboards famed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as he dropped his hit record "No Lie" featuring 2 Chainz.
The Hot 100
From then on, his achievements snowballed as he rose above his competition. Most recently, "Toosie Slide" success has secured Drake's 50th week at the top of the Hot 100. As of now, only The Beatles, Rihanna and Mariah Carey have enjoyed more weeks at number one. The success of "Toosie Slide" comes a matter of weeks after he rewrote the record for most entries ever on the Billboard Hot 100. Last month, his collaboration with Lil Yachty and DaBaby "Oprah's Bank Account" broke into the Hot 100, landing Drizzy his 208th career title on the list.
His charting success is mirrored by his accolades over the years as he's the proud owner of four Grammy's from 44 nominations. Beyond the Grammy's, over the years he's racked up a staggering 175 awards from 636 nominations. These include 27 awards out of 81 nominations on the Billboard Music Awards. While some may think fans are setting the bar too low for Drake, there's no denying he continuously rolls out great music. In recent weeks, he's been taking to social media to entertain fans on the regular during the lockdown. As he keeps up his impressive work rate, we’re not expecting the record-breaking, award-worthy tunes to slow down anytime soon.
As social distancing has come into play, our screen time has inevitably increased. Thankfully, rather than leaving music fans to scroll aimlessly through our timelines for hours on end, artists have stepped up with some serious entertainment. Although tours have been rescheduled, releases are postponed, and real-life connection is on hold, fans seem to be more engaged than ever.
With social media entertaining the masses, Instagram and TikTok have offered huge opportunities for musicians to connect with fans. As music fans all over the world are entertained for hours on end, we're taking a look at some of the highlights from the past few weeks.
Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you've probably tuned in to Tory Lanez infamous quarantine radio. If not, you've more than likely seen a wild snippet or one of the weird and wonderful trending topics. Yep, the almond milk and hand sanitiser trend was thanks to Tory. Nope, it wasn’t a shopping list.
Last week, as Tory called on some famous friends to join his Instagram lives, he teamed up with Drake. Unsurprisingly, the pair threw fans into a frenzy as they broke the record for hip-hop related IG live with over 315k viewers tuning in, surpassing 6ix9ines previous record. Along with Drake, the likes Megan Thee Stallion and DMX have joined Tory.
More recently, Tory's latest live streams surpassed 350k viewers thanks to a whole lot of twerking and a giant gummy sweet. The twitter reactions were PRICELESS. Although his live capabilities were stripped for a minute, Tory made his come back just in time for the release of his new album, The New Toronto 3. Long live quarantine radio and those incredible ad-libs!
Live producer clashes
We've tuned in to a fair amount of clashes among heavyweight producers in the UK and beyond in recent weeks. Among the clashes, Skepta has stepped up for the UK grime scene as he's battled it out with Jammer and Jae5 in a light-hearted friendly. It's impossible not to be gassed after tuning it to that.
Of course, no clash would be complete without Wiley chipping in. ICYMI, he took to Twitter to call out Drake, Ed Sheeran and Boris Johnson for a clash. Forever trolling.
Across the pond, hip-hop producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland went head to head as The Dream, and Sean Garrett were also amongst the musical masterminds getting involved.
If you're an R&B lover, plenty is going on for you too. With an impressive five Grammy awards between them, Ne-Yo and Johntá Austin battled it out. The duo showered fans with a string of their great hits as over 40,000 viewers watched on. With Ne-Yo rolling out bangers including "Take A Bow" and his own jam "Sexy Love" Johntá came with the goods as he took a step back in time with Mariah Carey and Mary J Blige tracks on offer. It was nothing short of a masterpiece.
As some artists are taking the time to jump on lives with fans, Davina McCall stepped up as she flexed her moves with NSG. That's right; a whole Davina McCall nailed the OT bop as fans were delighted to see her pop up. Branded as one "probably the best thing that's happened during this lockdown period" – you've got to check it out!
Showcasing new music
Along with popping up on Tory's live, Drake has done his fair share of self-promotion during the lockdown period. In case you missed it, Drake took to IG live to preview a whole host of his upcoming music. As he streamed live alongside Mark from his OVO camp, Drizzy played out snippets of his unheard tracks as fans eagerly await his upcoming project. Not content with stopping there, he upped the game and released brand new track "Toosie slide."
Alongside the track, which is bound to become a TikTok hit, Drake stayed inside the four walls of his lavish home as he reinvented MTV cribs. In what looks like the home of a 40-year old mob wife, Drizzy showed off his fresh new dance moves to complement his playful lyrics as he debuted his latest offering.
Young T & Bugsey securing US chart success
Perhaps one of the greatest musician successes to come out of lockdown is for Britain's very own rising stars, Young T & Bugsey. As their banger "Don't Rush" featuring Headie One has become a staple track for TikTok's #DontRushChallenge, they've flown up the US Charts. Earlier this week, they made it top the Top 20 in the US iTunes chart. At the same time, they sat at number 3 in France. While the fans have contributed massively here, this much-deserved success is ultimately the result of yet another fire offering from the duo! If you like the track, their mixtape Plead The 5th is sure to fill your quarantine days.
With artists digging deep to connect with fans, we can't wait to see what's to come. Even when social distancing is over, we hope this kind of thing lasts!
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