When Jacquees stepped forward to argue that he was the new King of R&B he found himself on the receiving end of insults launched at him by those who accurately argued that he was incorrect.
Fortunately for him, some good has come of this.
Fantastic news below…
In the days following his remarks many who were unfamiliar with his art swam to Spotify to spin his tunes out of curiosity. As a result? Substantial gains.
With help from a new wave of curious critics, the rising star picked up over 20,000 new listeners and saw his Monthly Listener figure hit the 3.5 million mark with ease as his number ‘B.E.D’ hit the 72 million streams point during the same period.
He wasn’t the only performer to benefit from the intense debate.
that king of R&B debate just made me think about how pissed I’d be if I were beyoncé or janelle monáe or solange or rihanna and how my gender equivalent is… usher? chris brown? lmfao. the disrespect. the niggas y’all named are not even on sza, HER or kehlani (newcomers) level.
— Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) December 11, 2018
For, a number of his peers and predecessors also watched their Spotify figures swell as the discussion dominated social media.
There’s Sammie, whose Most Popular tracks surpassed the 30 million landmark, Tevin Campbell‘s ‘Can We Talk’ which now stands tall with close to 31 million streams, B2K‘s ‘Bump Bump Bump‘ with 53 million strong ones, Ginuwine‘s ‘Pony’ with 188 million streams and Dru Hill‘s ‘Beauty’ with 13 million.
Elsewhere, Sisqo‘s ‘Thong Song’ glides to greatness with 62 million streams as ‘Poison‘ by Brent Faiyaz knocks on 22 million’s door much to the delight of the 2 million fans who listen to him on the platform each month.
Also joining the party? Chris Brown (who now has an audience of 19 million), Trey Songz (with 7 million), Jodeci whose ‘Freek’n’You‘ leaps past 18 million, newcomer Dryx whose ‘Silence’ has earned 25,000 spins, Elijah Blake (474,000 monthly listeners) and Boyz II Men.
Reigning above them all (at least as far streaming is concerned)? Usher and Drake.
The ‘Yeah!’ vocalist is the highest-streamed R&B male of all time and enjoyed the biggest numbers boost following the debate as Drake (who has a number of R&B-leaning smash hits) watched ‘Find Your Love’ nab enough spins over the last 24 hours to pick up 59 million streams.
Just as elated by this week’s events is Miguel (see the 256 million figure assigned to ‘Remind Me to Forget’).
Do you think the debate will do much for Jacquees’ career beyond this week?
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