George Waters is a legendary English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters recently made wild claims when he directly said he’s far more important than Drake and The Weeknd.
In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, the lead singer of Pink Floyd criticized Drake and The Weeknd. The 78-year-old made the remark after complaining that The Weeknd’s show received more media attention than his own. On July 8, The Weeknd was scheduled to begin his stadium tour for “After Hours Til Dawn” in Toronto.
Unexpectedly, one of Waters’ performances for his This is Not a Drill tour fell on the same evening. Waters claimed to be “far, far more important” than both Canadian stars. He thought it was strange that The Weeknd’s show got greater coverage in Toronto publications even though it was postponed because of the widespread Rogers outage.
I have no idea what or who The Weeknd is because I don’t listen to much music. People have told me he’s a big act. Well, good luck to him. I’ve got nothing against him. And, by the way, with all due respect to The Weeknd or Drake or any of them. I am far, far, far more important than any of them will ever be, however many billions of streams they’ve got. There is stuff going on here that is fundamentally important to all of our lives.
Despite Rogers’ assertion, music lovers can disagree and claim that streaming reflect an artist’s influence. Drake has amassed 11 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, four Grammy awards, and a 67,485,161-strong monthly Spotify listenership. The Weeknd has received four Grammy Awards, the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 Song of All Time, and 75, 529, 268 monthly Spotify listeners. With his former band Pink Floyd, Waters achieved one UK Number 1 single, six UK Number 1 albums, and one Grammy. Pink Floyd has 15,452,665 monthly Spotify listeners, compared to 550,206 for Waters as a solo artist.
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