Did Ayra Starr record the biggest streaming day for African artist on Spotify?

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AN X user, @Fouaddd_bk, has claimed that Ayra Starr recorded the biggest streaming day as an African artist on Spotify.

OUR VERDICT: The claim that Ayra Starr recorded the biggest streaming day for an African artist on Spotify is MISLEADING; Burna Boy and Davido had previously surpassed her feat.

AN X user, @Fouaddd_bk, has claimed that Ayra Starr recorded the biggest streaming day as an African artist on Spotify.

He stated that Ayra Starr had garnered over 6 million streams twice in the course of the week while noting that the feat was not recognised because she is a woman.

The claim read:

Ayra Starr just recorded the biggest streaming day on Spotify for an african artist w over 6 million streams twice this week! Oddly, y’all are silent. Is it a misogynistic oversight or because she’s a woman that her huge achievement is overlooked for trivial news?

The post has garnered over 150,000 views, with more than 900 likes and over 200 reposts as of May 10, 2024.

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Some X users had doubted the claim and sought for its accuracy or otherwise; thus prompting The FactCheckHub to verify the claim.

Oyinkansola Sarah Aderibigbe popularly known as Ayra Starr is a Nigerian singer and songwriter currently signed to Mavin Records. She is famous for her hit songs such as Rush, Bloody Samaritan, and Sability etc after coming into the limelight in 2021 with her first solo: Away.

 

CLAIM

Ayra Starr recorded the biggest streaming day for an African artist on Spotify.

 

THE FINDINGS

Findings by The FactCheckHub indicate that the claim is MISLEADING, as Burna Boy and Davido had previously surpassed her feat.

Screenshot of the claim retrieved from X. INSERT: Misleading verdict.
Screenshot of the claim retrieved from X. INSERT: Misleading verdict.

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that was initially launched in Sweden in 2006 and later launched in Nigeria in 2021. It gives instant access to its vast online library of music and podcasts.

In 2022, Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu popularly called Burna Boy earned his biggest streaming day of all-time on Spotify on July 8, with 10 million listens following the release of his sixth studio album: ‘Love Damini.’

In 2023, David Adeleke known by his stage name Davido earned his biggest streaming day of all-time on Spotify on March 31 following the release of his fourth “Timeless,” with 8.7 million streams.

Also in 2023, Burna Boy earned his biggest streaming day of all-time on Spotify on August 25, with 13.7 million listens following the release of his seventh studio album, “I Told Them”, thus surpassing Davido’s feat.

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The album also earned the biggest streaming debut for an album by an African artist in Spotify history with 9.395 million listens.

Our fact-checker observed that the biggest streaming day is a personal feat for artist recognized by Spotify and not a categorized feat as stated by the claimant.

Ayra Starr recorded her biggest streaming day on Spotify on April 28, 2024 and not the biggest streaming day for an African artist.

 

THE VERDICT

The claim that Ayra Starr recorded the biggest streaming day for an African artist on Spotify is MISLEADING; Burna Boy and Davido had previously surpassed her feat.

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Seasoned fact-checker and researcher Fatimah Quadri has written numerous fact-checks, explainers, and media literacy pieces for The FactCheckHub in an effort to combat information disorder. She can be reached at sunmibola_q on X or [email protected].

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