The preeminent portal for music streaming—Spotify—has locked down its place for playing and discovering music since it launched back in October of 2008. In fact, the name “Spotify” for streaming audio tracks is pretty much the equivalent of saying “Google” when referring to using an online search engine. Therefore, it is amazing that the EDM and pop-hybrid band The Chainsmokers have continued to be among the top floor penthouse dwellers in the tower of Spotify. Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are the popular pioneers blazing trails and setting astounding records while paving the new frontier for music consumption on the Sweden-based streaming service. Their latest leap occurred when The Chainsmokers became the third musical artists ever to receive one billion streams on Spotify for more than one song. Here is your admission ticket to see how this hit factory duo joined the esteemed ranks of the Spotify billion streams multi-single club.
Let’s start off with a quick listing of which musicians have songs with one billion streams or more to begin with. It is a very small circle of elite artists. As of April 16th, 2018, the only music artists that have released songs with over one billion streams are Ed Sheeran, Drake, Major Lazer and DJ Snake, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, and, of course, The Chainsmokers. Out of that collective, the musicians with one track to crack a billion streams are: Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla with “One Dance,” Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ with “Lean On,” and the massive Spanish hit of 2017, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber with “Despacito.”
Now onto the even tighter unit of three musical masters that have been recognized by Spotify with more than one song to have over a billion streams. Ed Sheeran is the number one most-streamed artist out of the top three, and also happens to sing the most streamed song ever on Spotify—“Shape of You.” Sheeran also has “Thinking Out Loud” as a song with over one billion streams. Justin Bieber has the pleasure of having three songs that have been streamed on over one billion occasions on Spotify: “Sorry” and “Love Yourself,” that were both singles from Bieber’s Purpose project. Then for his third inclusion in the billion-stream team, Justin Bieber was also part of the “Despacito (Remix)” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
The Chainsmokers have the pleasure of being the third artists, and the only group, to have more than one song with over one billion streams with “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring the vocalist Daya. The Grammy award-winning song “Don’t Let Me Down” hit the scene on February 5th, 2016, as a single off of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart’s Collage EP, currently coming in at number nine out of the only nine songs to ever be streamed on Spotify with over a billion times. The Chainsmokers’ second shot at that list comes up much higher in the proceedings. “Closer” featuring Halsey, another single from the Collage EP, ranks as the third most streamed song in the existence of Spotify, with over 1.261 billion streams to date.
In terms of the radiant heat that “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” garnered, both of these songs proved to be monstrously popular beyond Spotify as well. They have definitely managed to succeed on the YouTube video platform also. The official music video for “Don’t Let Me Down,” published to The Chainsmokers’ YouTube channel on April 29th, 2016, has racked up over one billion views. The lyric video concocted for “Closer” performed even bigger and broader having been viewed over two billion times since its release on July 29, 2016. The streaming onslaught caused by “Don’t Let Me Down” led to multi-platinum certification in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States. It even reached for the clouds and received Diamond status in France. “Closer” was even larger in size and impact, garnering huge high marks hitting triple Platinum in Belgium and New Zealand, four times Platinum in Italy, five times Platinum in Sweden, seven times Platinum in the United States, 13 times Platinum in Australia, and rising up to Diamond in Canada, France, and Poland.
The fact that not only did “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” both emerge as singles from the same project speaks volumes to their billion plus streaming status on Spotify, but also the fact that they existed on an EP with only five tracks comes off as extra impressive—a Platinum-selling EP as well. The dynamic duo that makes up The Chainsmokers also have achieved multiple other Spotify milestone accomplishments. They are the 13th most frequently streamed artists on Spotify with approximately 32 million monthly listeners to their credit. In 2017, they ranked number five as the most streamed artist of that year, with only Ed Sheeran, Drake, The Weeknd, and Kendrick Lamar ahead of them.
Returning back to the power of “Closer,” this hit from The Chainsmokers and Halsey rates as the third most streamed song in the United States within the confines of the Spotify platform, with an incredible 390 million U.S. streams. The EP Collage that “Closer” comes from happens to be the 10th most streamed album to date as well. The Chainsmokers also stand tall amongst every artist massive enough to be a part of the Spotify Global 100 list for world-wide streaming, tied for second place with The Weeknd for musicians with the most songs on that list—with a total of five tracks. For a final breathtaking tally of The Chainsmokers streaming prowess, they are currently the fifth highest when it comes to all-time screams on the Spotify Global 200 list with a staggering 4.8 billion Spotify-related streams to their name. With this many strokes of success, The Chainsmokers continue to be overflowing with a flood of streaming in the deep end of the Spotify pool.
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