For a man many see as the poster boy for Apple exclusives, Drake’s not half done alright on Spotify.
The Canadian rapper’s One Dance has just surpassed 880m streams on Daniel Ek’s service, which would appear to make it the biggest track of all time on the platform.
Spotify’s previous biggest track, Lean On by Major Lazer, currently sits at 876.05m streams – while One Dance has racked up 885.03m after being released in early April.
Four weeks after its arrival, Drake famously released Views as a two-week exclusive on Apple Music and iTunes, but allowed One Dance and fellow singles Pop Style and Hotline Bling to remain on Spotify.
Apple, which reportedly handed Drake a $19m cheque last year in return for a series of planned exclusive content, revealed last month that Views has accrued a billion streams on Apple Music.
Spotify bosses might quietly point out that just One Dance and Hotline alone have jointly achieved 1.4bn spins on their service.
That would equate to around $9.8m in royalties for Drake and his fellow copyright holders.
From two songs – on one platform.
Drake remains the most popular artist worldwide on Spotify, with 36.3m monthly listeners, making up somewhere close to a third of all active users.Music Business Worldwide