Drake and NBA YoungBoy both had killer years. It’s only March and the two rap heavy weights are going neck and neck for the top streaming spot.
Since 2017, Hip Hop has prevailed as the most popular genre of music in the United States, and that doesn’t appear to be shifting anytime soon. Chart Data has recently released the list of the top ten most-streamed artists in the United States in 2022, and seven of them are rappers.
Drake, the commercial powerhouse, leads the race with 1.4 billion streams across all platforms in the first ten weeks of the year. The fact that he hasn’t produced any music this year only adds to his accomplishment. The majority of that figure is likely due to his blockbuster 2021 album Certified Lover Boy, which smashed numerous Spotify and Apple Music streaming records upon its September release.
NBA YoungBoy, one of Hip Hop’s biggest young stars, is hot on Drake’s tail, with 1.3 billion streams. The 22-year-old Baton Rouge native has already released two projects this year: the January mixtape Colors, followed by the March full-length DaBaby collaboration, Better Than You.
While Drake reigns supreme on Spotify and Apple Music, YoungBoy has established himself as a YouTube sensation, accumulating billions of streams in recent years. His feud with Lil Durk, as well as his Utah house arrest for a federal weapons case, may have fueled his massive streaming figures.
Elsewhere in the top 10, the late Juice WRLD is ranked fifth with 1.1 billion streams, Kanye West is sixth with 840 million streams, fueled by his pair of DONDA albums and Jeen-Yuhs Netflix documentary, and Eminem is seventh with 710 million streams, aided by his Super Bowl halftime show performance.
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