The Power of Music: Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Beyonce See Rocket Number Gains Amid George Floyd Protests

Protesters have gathered in 50 states across the United States to demand justice and stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. This comes right after the alarming unjust death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last week.

In the week of protests and the call for action, listeners are taking a trip down memory lane, revisiting songs that were ahead of its time and define the state of reality. Such songs include anthems by Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar, as well as albums by Beyoncé and Joey Bada$$. Such impact has caused a gain in streaming numbers on Spotify and Apple Music. 

Childish Gambino’s power anthem “This Is America” which was released two years ago, is the greatest gainer following the recent series of events. The song and music video which went viral for its powerful lyrics and visuals touched on police brutality and what it means to be black in America. Re-charting, the song has received over 1 Million streams and is currently charting at No. 2 on Spotify. Meanwhile on Apple Music, it’s charting at No. 46.

Kendrick Lamar’s essential protest anthem “Alright” from the 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly re-charts and surges all the way to No.11 with 752,836 streams and is looking to crack into the top ten. Meanwhile, on Apple Music the album is charting at No. 88.

The Game’s all-star posse cut “Don’t Shoot” which was released in 2014 in support over the unjust death of Trayvon Martin features Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Currensy, Problem, King Pharaoh and TGT. The song re-charts at an impressive No. 61 with 370,188 streams. 

James Brown’s 1968 funk anthem “I’m Black and I’m Proud” appears for its first time on the Spotify charts. The song addresses social injustice towards blacks in America, while celebrating being black. Debuting on the Spotify charts, the song is currently at No. 65 with 355,437 streams.

2Pac’s 1993 hit “Keep Ya Head Up” re-charts at No. 86 with 287,474 streams. 21 Savage’s 2018 hit “a lot” re-charts at No. 93 with 282,401 streams. Rounding up the Top 100 is Killer Mike’s “Don’t Die” which charts at No. 100 with 271,141 streams. 

More notable gainers include Joey Bada$$’ 2017 album All Amerikkkan Bada$$ which is charting at No. 68 on Apple Music and Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade which rises into the top 150 on the streaming service as well.  

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