• Music Charts Recognize The Rise Of Megan Thee Stallion

    Since no major artist or label has released any major album this June, the music charts remain almost exactly the same as they were at the end of May. 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 — has confirmed this trend at month’s end. One of the few changes at the top has been the rise of Megan Thee Stallion.

    Megan Thee Stallion is now the fifth Most Streamed Artist at 2.9M streams. The Houston artist now has three songs in the top 50, including “Savage.” The remix featuring Beyoncé is at 15th with a million streams and it has been in the top 15 for most streams for most of June. Megan’s mixtape from last year, Fever, and her EP from this May 6, Suga, has kept her in the top 15 Most Streamed Artists for most of June. Her release of “Girls in the Hood,” her answer to the late Eazy-E’s “Boyz-n-the-Hood” this past Friday, June 26, raised Megan to the top five Most Streamed Artists. On Sunday, June 28, 2020, Megan won the BET Award for The Best Female Hip-Hop Artist in recognition of her success. Her desert-landscape virtual performance for the BET Awards was a hit. Other than Megan Thee Stallion’s rise this weekend, the charts have not changed much.

    Apart from Lady Gaga’s Chromatica on May 29, no artist has released any album that has significantly altered the music charts since the death of George Floyd on May 25, and the subsequent struggles over race and justice through June. What this means, in terms of streams, is that Lil Baby is still The Most Streamed Artist for the third week in a row, now at 5.6M streams. Lil Baby remains at the top because no major artist has released any album this month. Lil Baby is also number one because his song “The Bigger Picture,” released on June 12, spoke to the current movement and struggles, and reinforced the strength of his latest album, My Turn, which he released on February 28. Lil Baby is still followed by the late Juice WRLD at 4.1M streams, and DaBaby at 4M streams. Those two artists have been in the top three Most Streamed this entire month.

    Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance, released in May 2018, contained the song, “Lucid Dreams,” which has since reached 1.2B streams on Spotify, making him one of the few artists to reach the billion-stream measure. That song, and others, especially posthumously-released collaborations with Polo G and Kid LAROI, remain within Music Maven’s top 50 Most Streamed Songs.

    DaBaby has been high on the charts since he released his album BLAME IT ON BABY on April 17, and that album’s third single, “ROCKSTAR,” featuring Roddy Ricch. This month, DaBaby was The Most Streamed Artist from June 8-12, number two from June 13-21, and number three from June 22-28. “ROCKSTAR,” now at 2.2M streams, has been The Most Streamed Song almost every single day of June.

    Post Malone, Travis Scott, and Drake have been in the top 10 Most Streamed for all of June. Post Malone has not released an album this year, but has been the fourth most streamed artist for most of this month, including now, with 3.2M streams. With no single song close to the top — just “Circles” from last year’s Hollywood’s Bleeding at 44th most streamed, and approaching a billion streams on Spotify — his overall catalogue keeps his total listenership high.

    Travis Scott has not released any solo album this year either, but his collaboration with Kid Cudi — THE SCOTTS, as the group and single song title, released on April 24 — has kept Travis in the top 10. So has the steady popularity of Travis’s previously-released tracks like “HIGHEST IN THE ROOM,” “SICKO MODE,” and “goosebumps,” all in the top 30. The latter two have surpassed one billion streams on Spotify.

    Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes, released on May 1, has also kept him high on the charts. For example, Drake was the fifth most streamed artist from June 8-17.

    Since the highest ranking artists were the same in June as they were in May, a top artist will have to release a strong album in July for the music charts to change this summer. Megan Thee Stallion could be that artist. Now that Megan has won recognition as BET’s Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, and Music Maven’s confirmation as a top-five Most Streamed Artist, she will likely crash the charts when she releases a full-length studio album.

    By Vince, June 29, 2020

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