Every handful of months, music industry media outlets such as Chart Data and Billboard inform fans of the latest streaming stats and records, and this month, new data suggests that Drake may not only have more slaps than The Beatles, but also more slaps than all of the music released pre-1980 combined.
Billboard‘s final report revealed that only 0.6 percent of music released from 1950 to 1979 was accessed via on-demand streaming, while Drake’s 8.6 billion on-demand streams alone accounted for 0.8 percent of total streams in 2021. Of course, a significant number of Drizzy’s streams resulted from his Grammy-nominated and chart-topping sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy. Upon its release, the album was panned by critics and fans alike, but according to Chart Data, it has still managed to fare well commercially, with 2,464,000 album-equivalent units to date.
Twelve years removed from his debut studio album, Drake continues to have a chokehold on the streaming business.