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At the end of the year, Spotify turns into Santa Claus. But instead of gifts, these are more distinctions that the streaming platform distributes to deserving artists. A plethora of rappers have garnered stars and plaques including Travis Scott, Young Thug, and the late Pop Smoke.

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As the winds of dramatic Astroworld festival continue to blow, Travis Scott’s Astroworld album is the most streamed to date and topped six billion streams on Spotify earlier this week.

Young Thug, now a member of the billionaire elite with his album JEFFERY, has just surpassed one billion streams, as has Pop Smoke’s posthumous album Faith.

On the eastern side, French Montana is expanding the club by crossing the threshold of the door with its album MONTANA 2019 accumulating a billion streams while the project remains certified gold. 

Meanwhile, King Vamp Tour of Playboi Cart i continues until Friday, December 17, with a stop at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It is also scheduled to perform at the DC Armory in Washington DC on Saturday, December 18. But in the meantime, her single Magnolia surpassed the 500 million stream mark in December. Producer RapCaviar made sure to show Playboi Carti some love for this track. 

On a different note, Kanye West’s Free Larry Hoover Benefit concert partly recalled the grandeur of his discography by performing a medley of his greatest hits when he returned to the stage last week. Yeezy took a new step on Spotify when, becoming the first artist with 10 studio albums to reach 1 billion streams. Her latest album Donda already hit that mark in October, and it continues to bring her daily feeds, according to Chart Data.

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