Drake nudged one of the largest music streaming platforms to secure a hefty check.
Another milestone: Spotify revealed the “Jimmy Cooks” rapper became the first artist to surpass 75 billion streams on their platform.
To no surprise, reaching new milestones is nothing new for Drake.
.@Drake has now surpassed 75 billion streams on Spotify across all credits. He is the first artist in history to hit this milestone.
— chart data (@chartdata) February 1, 2023
Message to Spotify: Drake posted the achievement on his Instagram and expressed that rather than being compensated with plaques, he would prefer a LeBron James-sized check.
He adds incentives such as bonuses could change the industry for the better because the next generation of artists will be inspired to work toward longevity.
“We should get bonuses like athletes to motivate the future artists to be consistent and competitive…so feel free to send me a Lebron-sized cheque. I have enough dinner plates Spotify,” Drake posted to his Instagram story.
T-Pain Previously Put Music Streaming Services On Blast
Drake isn’t the first and most likely won’t be the last artist to voice their concerns about how streaming services can pay it forward.
As AfroTech previously told you in 2021, T-Pain shared a post on Twitter that appeared to show how many streams artists would need to garner to receive $1.
According to the post, Napster paid artists more money per stream with 53 plays per one-dollar payout, and YouTube music ranked last with 1,250 plays per one-dollar payout. The chart also claimed that collecting one dollar in royalties requires 78 streams for streaming giant TIDAL, 128 for Apple Music, 156 for Deezer, 249 for Amazon Music, 315 for Spotify, and 752 for Pandora.
While Drake wants his LeBron-sized check, T-Pain previously wanted artists to consider making their own streaming platform.
“I see a lot of ‘well I guess I’ll use the best one’ and not ‘we gotta make our own’ keep in mind, most artists don’t even get the whole $1. I’m just letting the up and coming know what the real is. I worked for mine and there are tons of ways around this if you move right,” T-Pain wrote on Twitter at the time.
I see a lot of “well I guess I’ll use the best one” and not “we gotta make our own” keep in mind, most artists don’t even get the whole $1. I’m just letting the up and coming know what the real is. I worked for mine and there are tons of ways around this if you move right
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) December 29, 2021