2016 has been Drake's year after releasing his fourth proper studio LP Views From the 6. The set debuted at No. 1 with massive activity both in sales and streaming. His album spent 13 nonconsecutive weeks at the peak of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and it was mostly fueled by streaming data. Now thanks to those streams, he's creating new records on one of the most prominent streaming services in the world.
"One Dance" has now surpassed one billion streams on Spotify alone, tallying another one million in the last week to push it over the edge. Those streams throughout the year also contribute to the Top 200's formula when Views was the commanding leader.
Streaming has been exceptionally good to Drake in 2016. Earlier in December, Spotify announced its top lists for the year and without a doubt Drake topped many of those lists including most streamed artist of the year. In 2016, Drake received 4.7 billion total streams from all music available on Spotify and is up from 2015's 1.8 billion. Overall, this year Drake became Spotify's most streamed artist of all time and after breaking that record, in total his songs have been played 8.7 billion times on the streaming giant.
Drake takes Spotify's top list for not only "One Dance" having the most streams and also being the top artist of the year, he had the most streams from his album Views is the top male artist. "One Dance" took the top slot for both the pop genre and hip-hop while also claiming the "best breakup song" title. That's just Spotify alone not to mention iHeartRadio, Apple Music and others, making his one of the most successful artists of the year.
Drake's Views debuted at No. 1 in May having 245.1 million streaming units added to the sales tally (1.04 million units in all in its opening frame). Since its release, the album has been certified Platinum 4x as units are now included with certifications in the U.S. "One Dance" spent 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and is still being played continuously despite falling down the chart since its reign.
The 2017 Grammy Awards are approaching and the hip-hop/R&B superstar is nominated for eight awards.