Drake dominates both Spotify and Apple Music’s 2018 stats

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Drake dominates both Spotify and Apple Music’s 2018 statsDrake Getty

2018 was undoubtedly the Year of Drake. The Toronto-native rhymer managed to plant himself in the headlines all year long, from rap beef and juicy drama to the year’s most ubiquitous album, and a handful of broken records to boot. Now, as the year draws to a close, Apple Music and Spotify have both released their top album and artist statistics, and unsurprisingly, Drake occupies both lists with a dominating presence.

Apple’s official rankings for top songs of the year include three Drake cuts, the inescapable “God’s Plan,” New Orleans bounce anthem “Nice For What,” and viral sensation “In My Feelings.” Drake’s Scorpion also deservedly took home the top album designation, beating out Cardi B, Post Malone, and Travis Scott‘s hugely successful LP drops this year. Spotify’s official year end numbers mirror Apple’s, with Dua Lipa, Ariana Grande, and Ed Sheeran in contention as well. Spotify’s year end totals also claim Drake’s music was streamed a cumulative 8.2 billion times on the platform this year.

That’s a wrap on another marquee year for Drake.

DJ Earworm blends Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Drake, and more 2018 favorites in annual mashup

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DJ Earworm blends Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Drake, and more 2018 favorites in annual mashupDj Earworm 2018

For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.

His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more. The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.

Travis Scott Has The #1 Album And Single In America This Week

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Travis ScottTravis Scott’s Astroworld came out exactly four months ago today. The album already spent two weeks atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, but it may have reached its zenith just now: Not only has the album climbed back to #1 for a third nonconsecutive week, its big hit single has risen to #1 … More »

Whethan turns Skrillex’s remix of ‘Sicko Mode’

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Whethan turns Skrillex’s remix of ‘Sicko Mode’Whethan Main Press Photo Credit Rennie

On November 28, Skrillex dropped a spontaneous remix of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode” featuring Drake — a track that’s shaping up to be the hottest feature from his 2018 album, ASTROWORLD, currently sitting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Likely to climb another spot, Skrillex’s five-minute rework made a large dent in the dance music world, one large enough to cause Whethan to flip the track just two days later.

Fans haven’t heard much from the Chicago-based producer since the release of his debut EP Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1. He recently wrapped up a historic fall tour and has some dates lined up for December. However, he clearly couldn’t resist the temptation, creating what he refers to as a “turn” of the original masterpiece. This “turn” is shorter in length and gets crazier as it progresses (considering the drop doesn’t hit until 2:45 in Skrillex’s version, but well worth the wait), yet maintains the original’s dub-heavy bassline with added effects and overall flare.

Photo credit: Rennie

Drake Is On Meek Mill’s New Album, Which You Can Stream Here

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Meek Mill - ChampionshipsIt’s been a long and winding road for Meek Mill, but as of now his new album Championships is officially out. It’s the Philly rapper’s first full-length release since 2017’s Wins & Losses. More importantly, it’s his first album since being released from prison following a loud public #FreeMeekMill campaign that More »

Drake’s viral ‘Scorpion’ staple, ‘God’s Plan,’ goes diamond

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Drake’s viral ‘Scorpion’ staple, ‘God’s Plan,’ goes diamondDrake Getty

As per the lyrics of Scorpion staple, “God’s Plan,” sometimes Drake “feels good” and sometimes he doesn’t, but odds are he’s feeling pretty damn good right now. The artist’s rap reign holds strong as “God’s Plan” newly reaches diamond certification status, signifying a total of 10 million units sold. One of the producers instrumental in the development of the viral hit, Boi-1da, broke the news of the milestone on Instagram. “We did that!” Boi-1da wrote. “God just keeps on blessing us. Thankful for everyone involved in this masterpiece full circle. @champagnepapi I don’t know how you do it but you never fail, salute!!”

“God’s Plan” charted a consecutive 11 weeks in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, causing Drake to break the record for most weeks spent at the peak of the chart in a single year. Drake also became the first artist to surpass 50 billion streams across all global streaming platforms this year, a feat assisted by the release of Scorpion, which went platinum the very same day it was released. Scorpion served as the launchpad for many record breaking accomplishments for Drizzy this year, including Drake’s achievement of one billion plus global streams in one week.

H/T: The FADER

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Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode (Skrillex Remix)”

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SkrillexTwo of our most reliable party starters have finally, inevitably joined forces. It had to happen. Travis Scott and Skrillex are the sort of musicians who send vast festival crowds into ecstatic energy-pits but who will probably always annoy a certain strain of music dork to death. They are both really good at jumping around … More »

Pusha-T’s Toronto Show Breaks Out In In Onstage Brawl, Pusha Accuses Drake Of Paying People To Throw Beer

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Pusha TThe best rap feud in years isn’t over yet. Pusha-T and Drake stopped making songs about one another months ago, and they reached the stage in their beef where they were conducting post-mortems in interviews. But last night, Pusha had a show in Toronto, Drake’s hometown, and all hell … More »

Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mix

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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mixTHE STICKMEN PRESS SHOT

It’s about time to hop on The Stickmen wagon, for those who are not so aware of the name. The mysterious duo just performed sorcery on their latest “Radar” mix. Hailing from the UK, this pair is one of a kind in that their live performance fuses together digital drum kits and DJing. They utilize said drum machines as sample pads, allowing for well-timed live mash-ups and remixes of popular party tracks.

Created exclusively for Dancing Astronaut‘s “Radar” mix series, The Stickmen painted an hour-long sonic masterpiece, primed for any setting in need of an energy boost — or for anyone who’s been handed the aux but has clue what to play. The mix is chock full of powerful goodies that take listeners everywhere from a remix of Tiesto‘s “Jackie Chan” to Drake‘s “God’s Plan,” later finding themselves diverging through a mash-up of Fisher‘s “Losing It” and the Oliver Heldens classic “Gecko.”

The duo recently performed a Pre-Game set for Australia’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final and will be touring through the UK to finish up 2018.

 

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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mix

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Good Morning Mix: The Stickmen mash-up every crowd-pleaser in this Radar mixTHE STICKMEN PRESS SHOT

It’s about time to hop on The Stickmen wagon, for those who are not so aware of the name. The mysterious duo just performed sorcery on their latest “Radar” mix. Hailing from the UK, this pair is one of a kind in that their live performance fuses together digital drum kits and DJing. They utilize said drum machines as sample pads, allowing for well-timed live mash-ups and remixes of popular party tracks.

Created exclusively for Dancing Astronaut‘s “Radar” mix series, The Stickmen painted an hour-long sonic masterpiece, primed for any setting in need of an energy boost — or for anyone who’s been handed the aux but has clue what to play. The mix is chock full of powerful goodies that take listeners everywhere from a remix of Tiesto‘s “Jackie Chan” to Drake‘s “God’s Plan,” later finding themselves diverging through a mash-up of Fisher‘s “Losing It” and the Oliver Heldens classic “Gecko.”

The duo recently performed a Pre-Game set for Australia’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final and will be touring through the UK to finish up 2018.

 

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