All 16 tracks from the gospel-meets-grime debut album are in the streaming service’s charts.
Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer came out on Friday (February 24) and has already pulled off a highly impressive feat – every single song on the album is currently in the Spotify top 50 chart.
Austin Darbo, senior editor at Spotify, highlighted the news with a tweet on Saturday, saying he was “speechless.” He later hinted that “there are some other stats he has to keep secret,” but to expect more of the same jaw-dropping numbers.
The 16-track album features a secret cameo from Lily Allen, while Wretch 32, J HUS and Kehlani all make guest appearances.
Yesterday, the grime star appeared on Channel 4 cooking show Sunday Brunch, during which he spoke about his recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran. “I think everyone is quite proud and happy about it,” he said, when asked how members of the grime community have reacted to the pairing. “Merging those two worlds. Me and Ed make totally different styles of music, but coming together for something like that, it’s a good thing.”
Read our review of Stormzy’s Gang Signs & Prayer, which FACT writer Alex Macpherson says “succeeds at is establishing Stormzy as a complex, multi-layered artist willing and capable of following his own sui generis path and taking listeners into unexpected places.”
Update, March 1: Apple has confirmed that every track on Gang Signs & Prayer is in the current top 35 positions in the Apple Music chart.