Popular consensus is that Drake took the L in his highly publicized beef with Pusha T. In the grand scheme, perhaps he lost that battle, but less than one week after The Boy’s massive fifth studio album, Scorpion, it’s becoming increasingly safe to say he’s won the war. That’s because after not only shattering Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon’s single day streaming records, Drizzy also broke the previously standing first week streaming record in a mere 72 hours with over 430 million rinses. The numbers continue to roll in though, and it appears the “Talk Up” rapper’s double-sided album also went platinum in a single day too. According to stats from the RIAA, the 25-track LP release raked in over one million album equivalent units on June 29 — the day it was released.
Drake’s numbers are only bound to keep inflating, with physical copies of Scorpion expected to hit shelves in the coming weeks. In a recent interview, DJ Premier, who contributed to Scorpion on arguably the record’s strongest piece “Sandra’s Rose,” reveals that Drake’s team still has new material in the chamber, including more from Primo himself. Rap beef and viral moments aside, Drake is dominating the charts and the history books at the same time and he could potentially have more music on the way.
The public’s love for digestible future bass hits is still going strong, as evidenced by Marshmello‘s latest accomplishment.
His single “Alone,” which was signed by Monstercat and served as his first official release on a major label, has officially reached platinum status — in other words, over 500,000 copies have been sold. Featuring somber, yet euphoric vocals and a simple, a catchy melodic hook, and plenty of bass, “Alone” became a viral hit upon its arrival on digital platforms. The output also cemented Marshmello’s spot among the top tier of EDM producers, after his commercially-inclined take on an exploding genre had been building steady momentum over his SoundCloud.
Additionally, “Alone” is the first platinum record for Monstercat as a whole, making it the label’s biggest release. Marshmello continues to climb in the meantime, earning increasing amounts of fans and airplay. It would hardly be a shock if the producer reached platinum yet again with one of his newer singles — most likely his new Selena Gomez collaboration.
Woah, it has been a busy couple of days for tracks going platinum in the world of EDM. Last week we reported on Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’ hitting the million mile stone, yesterday Zedd and Alessia Cara achieved the status for ‘Stay’ and today the RIAA has tweeted out Kygo and Selena Gomez are members of
It’s been awhile since Calvin Harris hasn’t had a hit single during the summer time. In fact, Calvin Harris admitted that the last time he didn’t have a hit single during summer was in 2010. “I remember it well,” said Calvin Harris. Today (May 31), Calvin Harris is celebrating another platinum record with his recent
When Skrillex and Rick Ross released “Purple Lamborghini” on July 22, 2016, both artists knew what they were sitting on. The song was released as a single for the motion picture soundtrack for the Suicide Squad film and had Jared Leto reprise his role for the official music video. On Decemeber 6th, “Purple Lamborghini” received
As The Chainsmokers are currently embarking on their Memories…Do Not Open tour, The Chainsmokers received some pretty surprising news today. On Twitter, The Chainsmokers wrote that two of their tracks just went platinum in the United States. The first song that went platinum was their single with Coldplay titled “Something Just Like This,” while their
Since EDM’s explosion in popularity, many crossover tracks have made their way to top 40 radio and sold thousands of copies. Zedd, one of the genre’s leading crossover ambassadors, has experienced some of the most success from adapting his electro house sound to fit pop radio, with hits like “Clarity,” “Stay the Night” and “I Want You to Know” selling over a million copies — or going platinum under the Recording Industry Association of America‘s classification for single sales.
This week, we learned Zedd has yet another hit to add to his roster of platinum-earning singles, his very first as a featured artist: “Starving,” his hit collaboration with duo Grey and actress-turned-pop star Hailee Steinfeld. “Starving” released in July 2016 with both chart and critical success, with the three performing the track live at events like the NickelodenHALO Awards show, and now the single has earned a spot atop the platinum-earning RIAA singles ranks. Congratulations to Grey, Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd!
As Martin Garrix’s first single with Sony/RCA, “In The Name Of Love” was a remarkably successful tune. The track peaked at #24 on Billboard’s Hot 100, though it not as successful as neither Bebe Rexha’s or Martin Garrix’s previously charting tracks.
The track reached Gold certification on December 12th, 2016, and the RIAA has officially declared the song as Platinum certified on January 9th, 2017, meaning it’s sold over one million units in the United States. Under RIAA’s revised conditions, 150 streams are equivalent to one download, an amendment that factors hugely in today’s music landscape.
Without question, 2016 is the year of Drake. His fourth studio album, Views, has officially gone quadruple platinum, selling over four million units under RIAA’s new policy which includes streamed plays. Let’s hope they spelled everything right on the plaque…
But that’s far from all the honors flooding the Canadian artist; Drake received a record 13 nominations at the American Music Awards, winning four of those categories, and he’s also received eight Grammy nominations, not to mention his opening spot at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, Drake has now topped all three of Apple’s year-end charts for Top Album, Top Song, and Best Of Beats 1 Playlist. Seriously, I’ll have what he’s having.
Flume officially broke out of dance popularity and into mainstream stardom behind the release of his sophomore album Skin earlier this year. The album boasted Flume’s masterful method of experimentation and showedcased major strides of development from his self-titled debut in 2012. Skin is a contender for electronic record of the year, and its pop appeal has been largely due to the overwhelming success of the LP’s standout single, “Never Be Like You.” The track earned the Aussie beatmaker his first-ever platinum certification, and now he’s doubled down, with the Kai-assisted hit going double platinum in the U.S..
“Never Be Like You” roped in a number of high profile remixes too, with Martin Solveig, Disclosure, and Wave Racer all offering their takes on one of the year’s biggest tunes.
Flume has incontestably had the biggest year of his career in 2016. Between Skin, a newly-released companion EP, a world tour, and now two platinum plaques to boot, its hard to make the case that any electronic artist is riding a higher wave than Flume at the moment.