Shawn Mendes Breaks Apple Music Record to Become Most-Streamed Pop Album of 2018 in One Week

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Singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes has broken the latest Apple Music record, with his self-titled third album becoming the most-streamed pop album of 2018 in under one week (via Billboard). Released on May 25, the new Shawn Mendes album was accompanied by a collection of bonus material on Apple Music, including a Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, exclusive live concert and Q&A session, playlists, and more.


The previous record holder for most-streamed pop album of 2018 was Justin Timberlake's "Man of the Woods," which launched in February. In the wake of the news, Apple Music confirmed that Mendes has also surpassed one billion global streams on the music service, encompassing his three studio albums, singles, and live recordings.

There have been a few record breaking stories related to Apple Music this year, most recently with rapper J. Cole breaking the record for most album streams in the first 24 hours in the United States. Prior to that, Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" set a new record for first-week streams by a female artist on Apple Music, beating Taylor Swift's "Reputation."

According to the last count, Apple Music has over 50 million users total, combining those paying for the service and anyone on a free trial. The last specific paid count sat at 40 million in April, compared to 71 million listeners paying for Spotify.

Apple Music isn't tipped for a major revamp in iOS 12, but beta testers have discovered that artist profiles will be slightly upgraded in the new software with bigger portraits and a handy shuffle-all Play button. Subscribers will also be able to search for some songs even if they only know a snippet of the track's lyrics.

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28 months ago

Yes, but whether he or anyone else deserves such ludicrous amounts of money when most of us are working harder and earning less... well, something to think about there.

And anyway: "Who?" :p

That's so selfish to say, artists work hard aswell and it's not as easy as you make it seem like. Telling someone one deserves to earn less or more is ridiculous and selfish.
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28 months ago

Yes, but whether he or anyone else deserves such ludicrous amounts of money when most of us are working harder and earning less... well, something to think about there.

And anyway: "Who?" :p

Working harder? Based on...
I don't know bud. Sounds a little like sour grapes based on life choices. I mean, you chose to do whatever it is you do. Probably a lot safer and more reasonable than entering an industry where almost all either fail and have to resort to doing something else or almost all fail and have to resort to doing something else.;)

Before judging something something miles... something something shoes. :D
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28 months ago
And he is Canadian! Woot.
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28 months ago

Exactly!... Wait, who?!

Just a famous artist who makes more money per minute than those who ask "who?" ever will.
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28 months ago

Yes, but whether he or anyone else deserves such ludicrous amounts of money when most of us are working harder and earning less... well, something to think about there.

And anyway: "Who?" :p

At least he can sing and play instruments unlike many of those autotuned douchbags
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28 months ago
That sinking feeling when the realisation hits you smack in the face - you know you're suddenly old and utterly out of touch with a whole generation because I have never heard of him until now! Well done to him though.

I was young once. I was! I swear. :oops:

Edit - how long have I got before I become an old man shaking my fist at clouds? :(
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