Juice WRLD becomes the most-streamed artist in the U.S. following his death

In the aftermath of Juice WRLD’s sudden death at 21, fans of the Chicago rapper streamed his genre-blending hip-hop by the millions, launching him to Number One in both streams and song sales on Sunday.

Juice WRLD’s on-demand audio streams spiked 487 percent on Sunday to over 38.2 million in the U.S., nearly 24 million more than any other artist. Songs by Juice WRLD accounted for four of the top 10 songs across platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.

“Lucid Dreams,” the wounded, Sting-sampling track that hurtled him into stardom, was the most-streamed song of the day, with nearly 4.4 million on-demand audio streams, according to data from BuzzAngle Music. “Legends,” which features the eerily prophetic lyrics “What’s the 27 Club? / We ain’t making it past 21,” was fourth with 3.1 million. “Robbery” and “All Girls Are the Same” followed at seventh and ninth, respectively.

Juice WRLD also had the top two albums of the day by album project units, which combines digital and physical album sales, digital song sales, and audio streams. His 2018 debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, led with just under 13,000 units, and 2019’s Death Race For Love — which became his first Number One album — followed with around 10,300 units.

The rapper born Jarad Higgins died early Sunday morning after suffering a seizure shortly after his private plane landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport. Many questions surrounding the death remain unanswered, with the Cook’s County Medical Examiner’s Office announcing on Tuesday that “[additional] studies are required to establish the cause and manner of death.”

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