Chart Data, a website that tracks data from the major labels and music streaming services, is reporting Drake as the year's most streamed artist.
The Boy's music received a total of 8.6 billion on-demand streams between January 1st 2021 and April 30th 2022. This makes him "the first musician to accumulate over 1, 300, 000,000 million on-demand audio and video streams in a single week."
"As we continue to march towards the 2030s," Drake stated in a press release regarding this announcement, "the music industry will continue to evolve. But one things for sure: my library is rockin' everywhere."
The last time Drake was at the top of this list, all albums and songs recorded prior to January 1st 2021 were not considered. This included his 2015 album “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.”
Drake's most recent full-length album, “Certified Lover Boy” was released on January 23rd 2021. It spent its first five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.
According to Forbes, Drake earned $87 million in revenue between April of 2020 and April of 2021. This total is higher than all four of his mixtape albums combined. It also accounts for nearly a quarter of hip-hop's total earnings in these past 12 months.
In comparison, Drake earned $75 million between May 2018 and April 2019, which was the second highest sum that year after J. Cole. Drake's success may be due in part to his album's total of 126 million on-demand audio streams, making it one of the most successful hip-hop albums of 2021. This number accounts for nearly a third of all songs from this genre to pass 100 million streams during this year. Drake has been deemed as the most-streamed artist of 2021 in the United States.