The music industry might have an unhealthy obsession with data, a behavior that is causing some of its biggest stars to act out on social media, but for all their handwringing at the statistics, numbers often help us paint a very clear picture.
For example, on Wednesday, Drake's smash single "God's Plan" became the third song to cross the one million digital sales marker in 2018, according to Chart Data. Notably, it is the only song released this year to reach that milestone.
Camila Cabello's "Havana" (January) and Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be" (May) also crossed the one million digital sales marker this year, but both singles were released in 2017. Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" also accomplished this feat in late 2017 and, according to Chart Data, has sold an additional 1.1 million copies so far in 2018.
Given the incredible success of "God's Plan"—No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 981 million Spotify streams, 785 million views on YouTube—this news should come as no surprise, especially when Drake seemingly breaks sales and streaming records on a weekly basis, but it never hurts to have some additional ammo when making an argument for Drake not only being the biggest name in hip-hop but music as a whole.
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