Cardi B is a new artist, but she already beating out veterans like Taylor Swift for streaming records.
Last Friday Cardi released her debut album Invasion of Privacy and it lived up to the “Bodak Yellow” hype. The album received lots of love and it’s evident because it was streamed over 100 million times its debut week.
The previous record holder for most streams in a single week by a female was Taylor Swift’s Reputation. According to Billboard, Invasion of Privacy beat out Reputation’s streaming record before mid-week. By the time it was in the middle of its debut week, Cardi B’s album already earned double the amount of streams as Swift’s Reputation.
This isn’t the first time Cardi has taken a music record from Swift. Back in September 2017 Cardi’s hit single “Bodak Yellow” knocked Swift’s first single from Reputation and song in years, “Look What You Made Me Do” from the number one spot on the Hot 100 chart.
“Look What You Made Me Do” was sitting pretty on top for three weeks until Cardi’s song crept up and booted it out. “Bodak Yellow” is only the second hip-hop number one by a female. The first song to hit number one was Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).”
There were no hard feelings between the two artists. Swift sent Cardi a bouquet of flowers when “Bodak Yellow” hit number one.
As of right now, Invasion of Privacy is the fifth highest streamed album on Apple Music beating out Ed Sheeran’s Divide and The Weeknd’s Starboy. Her song “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin is the most streamed song worldwide from the album.
The album is more than likely take the number one spot on next week’s Billboard 200 chart. If she does take the number one spot she will be the fifth solo female rapper to do so. The other female rappers who have taken number one are Nicki Minaj (who did it twice and also opened up about her rumored beef with Cardi), Eve, Foxy Brown and Lauryn Hill.