It’s been nearly one yr since rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida on the age of 20, however his music has lived on, and he has simply made historical past in an odd and really particular method.
The hip-hop star’s single “Unhappy!” only in the near past handed the one billion-stream mark on Spotify, which nonetheless stays a comparatively uncommon feat on the platform, as solely a little bit over 30 tracks have managed to take action. Now that “Unhappy!” has joined that still-exclusive membership, XXXTentacion has turn into the primary musician to posthumously see one in every of their hottest tunes hit the 10-digit mark, an odd feat that no artist goals to snag, however which is an indication that their artwork remains to be immensely widespread even after they’re gone.
“Unhappy!” was launched because the lead single from XXXTentacion’s sophomore album ?, which made all of it the best way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in March of 2018. On the time, the monitor was a success single, and it peaked inside the highest 20 whereas the person behind it was nonetheless alive. After his passing, followers streamed the monitor in large numbers, and the next chart week, it rocketed straight to the highest of the Scorching 100. “Unhappy!” grew to become XXXTentacion’s first prime 10 and his first chart-topper, and he grew to become the primary musician to land a posthumous No. 1 in a number of years.
There aren’t many late musicians who’ve songs approaching one billion streams on Spotify, so it is going to probably be some time earlier than anybody else joins XXXTentacion on this unenviable achievement. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is as much as simply over 850 million performs, and whereas the band remains to be going, lead single Freddie Mercury has been gone for many years now. Not far behind that legendary monitor is Avicii “Wake Me Up,” which may attain one billion performs on the Swedish streaming web site within the subsequent yr or two. The DJ and producer handed away in 2018, however persons are nonetheless listening to his most profitable lower nonstop.