Big Sean Dominates the Labor Day Weekend Charts for Detroit

The biggest story in the music industry this Labor Day weekend is the release of Big Sean’s latest album, Detroit 2. According to Music Maven’s proprietary technology, which provides the most current and accurate data on the performance of all artists and songs in daily music charts, Big Sean now dominates the charts.


The long-awaited Detroit 2, released on Friday, September 4, 2020, quickly made Sean The Most Streamed Artist, with 13M streams on the first day of the album release. The album also made Sean the Highest Earning Artist, with $37.8K on its first day.


Only 3 of the 21 tracks on Sean’s album reached the top 20 Highest Earning Songs, or the Most Streamed: “Lithuania,” featuring Travis Scott, reached eighth highest earning, with $3.9K, followed by “Wolves,” featuring Post Malone, at fourteenth highest earning, and “Why Should I Stop?” at twentieth highest earning.


This proves that even if only a few songs break the top 20, a full studio album with all of its tracks can raise the artist to the top of the revenue and streaming charts. It also proves that an album’s singles do not necessarily move the charts. Detroit 2’s lead single, “Deep Reverence,” featuring the late Nipsey Hussle, and the album’s second single, “Harder Than My Demons,” both released at the end of August, did not break the top 20 on the day the album was released. It was left to high-powered collaborations with more recently productive artists, Travis Scott and Post Malone, to raise Sean’s overall rank.


Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion remains the Highest Earning Song, with $11.5K a day, followed by Drake’s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, and the sleeper hit, 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior.”


Big Sean’s impact was therefore at the higher level range in relation to the chart dominance of artists, or rather their estates, who have released major albums over the summer. This refers to the late Pop Smoke, and his posthumous release of Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon on July 3, and the late Juice WRLD’s posthumous release of Legends Never Dieon July 10. Both of those artists have been the Most Streamed and Highest Earning Artists for most of the time since their album releases.


For example, last month, August, Juice WRLD was the Most Streamed Artist for all but three days, when he was second. For that same time period, Pop Smoke was second or third most streamed. The only living competitor for those ranks this summer was Taylor Swift, whose folklore, released July 24, was briefly dominant, then alternated with Pop Smoke for the second and third most streamed positions last month.


Big Sean is therefore first living artist since Taylor Swift to release a major album and displace the top listenership of Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke.

 

Big Sean is also a good example of the trials and tribulations of the music industry during the pandemic. His album was scheduled for March 13, “313 Day,” an annual celebration of Sean’s native Detroit, but it was delayed because of the rise of the pandemic right then. Detroit 2, a sequel to his 2012 mixtape, Detroit, is his fifth studio album. It follows his Dark Sky Paradise from 2015, I Decided from 2017, and a collaborative album with Metro Boomin, Double or Nothing, also from 2017. With no album since then, Sean has not been a major presence on the music charts. Detroit 2 is proof that his skills and prestige have not diminished, and that fans have not forgotten him. With Sean at the top now, there may be no looking back.


By Vince, September 7, 2020

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