The Weeknd Is The New Spotify King, Leaves Drake Behind

By Surabhi Verma , Updated Dec 05, 2016 06:55 PM EST
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Drake's long reign as king of Spotify has now finally ended, reason - The Weeknd! With the singer topping the rapper in monthly listeners on the world's leading streaming service. Weeknd's latest album's "Starboy" came out November 25 which had almost 37.5 million listeners in the month of November. This is almost more than one third of all Spotify users.

Drake was edged out who earlier supported The Weeknd in the initial days of his career. Drake had almost 36 million monthly listeners. Spotify, releasing data late Saturday, also confirmed that "Starboy" broke the record for streams in its first week, with listeners playing it 223 million times. "Starboy", released just one year after The Weeknd's breakthrough album "Beauty Behind the Madness," is a sprawling work of R&B and electronica on which the singer collaborates with elusive French duo Daft Punk. In terms of monthly listeners, Drake had been the biggest artist since May. That happened after the rapper released his much awaited and hit album "Views" featuring viral hits such as "One Dance" and "Hotline Bling."

For a second straight year Drake was the most streamed artist, Spotify figured it out for 2016. His ranking has remained the same. Drake's success on Spotify comes even though he has a close relationship with rival Apple, through which he released "Views" exclusively for its first week. The Weeknd recently made his awaited appearance at the Victoria's Secret fashion show where his on ramp chemistry with Bella Hadid was much talked about.

He was much trolled on the social media for his ultra energetic performance and the way Bella gave him looks while she stunned her fans at the ramp. She wore a million dollar outfit and we just couldn't take our eyes of her. Seems that The Weeknd is having a real good time in his time.

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