Here's 2019's Biggest Streaming Earners So Far
Aided by hotly anticipated releases and pivotal performances, these five artists repping diverse genres are raking in the most across audio and video platforms this year.
1. ARIANA GRANDE
Total label streaming revenue YTD: $12.08M
Total audio and video on-demand streams YTD: 2.83B
Following the release of her Sweetener LP last August, Grande seized the moment by dropping sister album Thank U, Next just six months later. Driven by singles like its name-dropping title track and the empowering “7 Rings,” the confessional set bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in February, notching the largest streaming week ever for a pop album (and for any album by a female artist).
Total label streaming revenue YTD: $11.29M
Total audio and video on-demand streams YTD: 2.58B
Drake coasted into 2019 with a blockbuster tour behind him and last year’s Scorpion double album still riding high on the Billboard 200. Then, on Valentine’s Day, the rapper rereleased his 2009 mixtape So Far Gone on streaming for the first time, commemorating its 10-year anniversary. Fans streamed it like it was new: The LP debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and was the third-most-streamed album of the week.
3. POST MALONE
Total label streaming revenue YTD: $10.90M
Total audio and video on-demand streams YTD: 2.63B
Posty hit the streaming jackpot with the Swae Lee team-up “Sunflower,” created for the Oscar-winning film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Released last October, the breezy collab concurrently topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the Streaming Songs chart in January. And fans still haven’t kicked 2018’s beerbongs & bentleys to the curb -- especially after it helped him earn four total noms at the 61st Grammy Awards.
4. JUICE WRLD
Total label streaming revenue YTD: $8.38M
Total audio and video on-demand streams YTD: 1.92B
The SoundCloud sensation broke out with emo-rap tracks like “Lucid Dreams,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in May 2018. He’s still shining: His March debut LP, Death Race for Love, topped the Billboard 200 and notched the biggest streaming week yet for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2019. He also put out a collaborative mixtape with Future last year and promises a joint project with Ski Mask the Slump God before 2019’s end.
5. BILLIE EILISH
Total label streaming revenue YTD: $7.93M
Total audio and video on-demand streams YTD: 1.89B
Billie mania hit fever pitch this March, when the 17-year-old dropped her Billboard 200-topping debut, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The LP scored the second-biggest sales week of 2019 for any album in terms of total units, as well as the third-largest streaming week ever for an album by a woman. A month later, she made her Coachella debut, and she will kick off the North American leg of her world tour on May 29.
Billboard estimates based on Nielsen Music data and other information. All data as of the week ending April 18.