DJ Snake has hit the billion streams mark on Spotify, again, with his smash “Taki Taki.” The slinky bilingual hit, featuring a no scrubs lineup of Cardi B, Selena Gomez and Ozuna, was the party starter of 2018 and has kept on racking up major plays since its release nearly two years ago.
This is the third time the French phenom has reached a billion streams on Spotify. His era-defining Major Lazer collaboration “Lean On” became the platform’s most streamed song of all time just eight months after its March 2015 release, with 526 million streams. (Five years later, “Lean On” is now the platform’s 18th most streamed track of all time, with a cool 1.359 billion plays.)
Then, in October of 2018, Snake again made Spotify history by becoming the fifth artist to ever hit the billion stream mark twice, via his Justin Bieber collab “Let Me Love You” from Snake’s 2019 album, Encore.
With “Taki Taki” having over a billion streams, Snake is now in an elite group of musicians with three songs to hit a billion, putting him alongside artists including The Chainsmokers’ (“Closer”, “Something Just Like This”, “Don’t Let Me Down”), Drake (“One Dance”, “God’s Plan”, “In My Feelings”) and Imagine Dragons (“Believer”, “Thunder”, “Radioactive.”) Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran, Bieber, Post Malone and The Weeknd have all clocked more than three tracks with a billion plays each. According to Spotify, approximately 80 songs have reached the mark on the platform, with Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” coming in as the platform’s most streamed song of all time, with 2.514 billion plays.
DJ Snake celebrated the achievement on social media, simply commenting “WOW <3.” Beyond this post, Snake’s social media has recently been devoted to protests in response to the death of George Floyd, which have spread to his native Paris last week. On May 29, Snake tweeted ” NO JUSTICE ~ NO PEACE”, which his former collaborator Diplo then retweeted writing “bro you live in Dubai.. i’m kinda over fake social justice warriors . If you want to show solidary [sic] – Donate to George Floyd’s family.”
In the weeks since the incident, many electronic producers including Alison Wonderland, Bassnectar and Marshmello have been online and at recent protests voicing their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
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