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YG's 'FDT' Up 475% in Streams After Joe Biden's Election Victory

Kayla Reefer


The song was streamed 2.5 million times in the U.S. on Nov. 7.

U.S. on-demand streams of YG's anti-Donald Trump song "FDT," featuring Nipsey Hussle, vaulted 475% on Nov. 7 after it was announced that Joe Biden was projected to defeat Trump in the U.S. presidential election, according to initial streaming reports from Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

"FDT" received 2.5 million on-demand streams in the U.S. on Nov. 7, leaping from its 438,000 on Nov. 6. Comparatively, the song drew 190,000 streams on Oct. 31, a week before belated election results from Pennsylvania reportedly pushed Biden to enough electoral votes to unseat the incumbent.

In fact, the one-day Nov. 7 count for "FDT" exceeds the overall amount for the song was in the entire Oct. 23-29 tracking week, the final full frame prior to the election, with 759,000 total on-demand streams in that seven-day period.

The song, which saw similar sales gains between Nov. 6 and 7, is one of many that surged in streaming on Nov. 7, some due to their usage during Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' speeches Nov. 7 in Delaware, others due to their celebratory nature following their victories.

The next-largest count on Nov. 7, for example, belonged to Miley Cyrus' "Party in the USA," which snagged 644,000 streams, an 83% boost from Nov. 6. Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" (400,000 streams, up 286%), Lizzo's "Good as Hell" (403,000, up 10%), Kygo and Whitney Houston's "Higher Love" (318,000, up 12%), Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (317,000, up 25%), Queen's "We Are the Champions" (313,000, up 92%), Bill Withers' "Lovely Day" (296,000, up 34%), Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" (232,000, up 14%), *NSYNC's "Bye Bye Bye" (199,000, up 23%) and Petty and the Heartbreakers' "American Girl" (199,000, up 12%) were also among those with sizable increases on Nov. 7.

While their overall volumes were smaller than the titles above, such songs as Dropz's "F**k Donald Trump" (58,000, up 560%) and iMarkkeyz and DJ Suede the Remix God's "Lose Yo Job" (39,000, up 586%) also made massive percentage increases, sparked by the election results.

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Further gains will be reflected on the Billboard charts dated Nov. 21, covering the streaming and sales tracking weeks running Nov. 6-12.