Drake Crowned Top Digital Singles Artist by RIAA, ‘Scorpion’ Breaking Streaming Records
Drake’s Scorpion is the most talked-about album on social media right now and judging by the fanfare will most likely go down as the most-streamed album of 2018. Aside from that, Drizzy recently achieved another major milestone in his career –– he’s been crowned the top digital single artist in the U.S.
The Recording Industry Association of America recently saluted Drake as the top certified digital singles artist for moving 142 million digital singles to date. According to Billboard, one equivalent song unit, as recognized by the RIAA, is equal to: one digital song sale, or 150 immediate audio and/or video streams.
In short, Drake is the king of streaming.
In addition, Scorpion is already platinum and is breaking streaming records in the digital space. Variety reports that Drizzy's project broke Spotify's one-day global record for album streams. Over 132,450,203 streams were generated from individual songs within a 24-hour period, according to data from SpotifyCharts.com.
However, a rep for Spotify confirmed that a record had been broken by a large sum, but wouldn't confirm SpotifyCharts.com's report because the final numbers have not officially been tabulated.
Meanwhile, a rep for Apple Music has confirmed that Scorpion shattered its one-day streaming record on the platform with over 170 million streams. Drake's 2017 playlist More Life held the previous record with 89.9 million streams within a 24-hour period.
At this pace, Drake's Scorpion could moved 1 billion streams in its first week of release. Currently, Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys hold the record for the most-streamed album in a week with 411,816,710 streams globally.
Overall, Scorpion is the No. 1 album on both Spotify and Apple Music charts. Amazon and Tidal have not posted any streaming numbers as of yet.
In the end, Scorpion season has begun. Congrats to Drake!
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