Toronto superstar rapper, Drake, is now officially the most Shazamed artist of all time, breaking yet another record. It was only last week that the rapper surpassed The Beatles, breaking the record for the most top five singles, boasting a whopping 31 top five releases. Now the rapper sits as the king of Shazam as well.
With the total now sitting at over 350 million Shazams, Drake is officially the most Shazamed artist. However, there are some Shazam records the artist can’t claim. Drake recently performed at the Young Money Reunion show in Toronto, and it is the founder of Young Money, Lil’ Wayne, who was the first artist to crack over one million and 10 million Shazams. Furthermore, although Drake has the crown for most Shazams by total, he didn’t make the most Shazamed hip hop song. That song is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ 2012 single, ‘Can’t Hold Us’ featuring Ray Dalton, although it can be debated whether or not the song is actually hip hop.
In celebration of his accomplishment, the Toronto native posted a shrug emoji under a photo of an empty plate captioned “Just another celebration” to his Instagram story. In a recent conversation with fellow Young Money crew member Nicki Minaj on Queen Radio, the rapper (real anime Aubrey Graham) discussed pushing boundaries, breaking records and even the possibility of retiring from music. Talking with Minaj, he revealed, “I’m not at that point where I even consider that being an option”, explaining, “One of the best feelings I have in my life is completing a song or project. And by the way, those things are painful as well. A lot of nerves, a lot of confidence wavering. But I feel like I’m reaching a new level of fun. I’ve reached a new level of comfortability where I want to try things. Like this last album, I put out something I wanted to do to challenge myself.”
Drake has seen the top of the charts countless times and has an extremely loyal fanbase. Dubbed as a “Top 5 mainstay” by the magazine Hiphopdx, since his first number one record in 2016 with ‘One Dance’, Drake has dominated the rap charts.
This latest record has resulted from Shazam releasing an in-depth list of record holders as the company commemorates its 20-year anniversary. Initially beginning as a text-based service in 2002 in the UK, users would text 2580 and play a small portion of the song they were trying to identify. Shazam (if it found the song) would reply with a text message listing the song title and artist name.
So Drake has, once again, broken a record. It seems now as if it is only a matter of time until he breaks another one but until then, view his first number one record ever below.