To Pimp A Butterfly was streamed 9.6 million times on Spotify yesterday, with the Kendrick Lamar album breaking the global record for most streams in a single day by a new release.
It's hardly surprising given the huge anticipation for the Good Kid Maad City follow-up, but still staggering to think the 16-track LP had more streams than there are people in Sweden yesterday.
The record means that the album beat Drake's recent surprise mixtape, though it will be interesting to see whether TPAB stays on rotation as long, given its experimental nature and how it is polarising opinion.
To Pimp a Butterfly was streamed 9.6m times on the 1st day. new global record 4 the most streams in a single day worldwide by a new release— dangeroo kipawaa TDE (@dangerookipawaa) March 17, 2015
KENDRICK IS AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR THE VIBRATIONS AND THE SPIRIT. YOUR MEANING, MESSAGE AND EXECUTION ARE GIFTS TO THE WORLD.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 17, 2015
FYI, the previous record-holder for the highest number of global stream in one day was Michael Buble's Christmas (9.5 million on Christmas Eve 2014), so thank God that record's been shattered.
Kendrick earned the plaudits of Kanye West over the album yesterday, with the rapper tweeting: "KENDRICK IS AN INSPIRATION. THANK YOU FOR THE VIBRATIONS AND THE SPIRIT. YOUR MEANING, MESSAGE AND EXECUTION ARE GIFTS TO THE WORLD."Reuse content