Just a day after his death, American rapping sensation XXXTentacion broke Taylor Swift's world record on Spotify.
On 19th June, the 20-year-old broke the single-day global steaming record on Spotify, and it previously was owned by Taylor Swift. Tay’s song Look What You Made Me Do set a record of 10.1 million single-day global steaming records on 25th August 2017.
Meanwhile, the rapper who passed away after being shot in Florida’s song SAD set a new record of 10.4 million single-day global steaming on Monday.
The song indeed gained massive attention after his death, but it has not always been the same. When first released, the song faced a lot of controversies and wasn’t readily available on streaming services.
Matter of fact, as reported by Billboard, the song was removed from top playlists after ‘hateful conduct’ policy was introduced. Billboard reported:
Spotify had removed ‘SAD!’ from its top playlists including Rap Caviar in May after announcing a new ‘hateful conduct’ policy, as XXXTentacion had been charged — but not convicted — of several felonies, including domestic violence and witness tampering.
But Spotify restored the track on Rap Caviar weeks ago after telling the artist’s camp weeks ago that it would do so, admitting that the rollout of the policy had been flawed. The day of his death, Spotify moved ‘Sad!’ to the top of its Rap Caviar playlist, and included a tribute to the artist on the service as well.
Listen to XXXTentacion's song SAD.
Even though this problem was solved before his death, he was facing other challenges. At the time, he was waiting for trial as he was accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend Geneva Ayala who was pregnant at the time.
The incident took place in October 2016, and according to Pitchfork, he was charged with:
with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness-tampering.
Geneva Ayala, the victim was able to raise $34,000 on Wednesday morning on her GoFundMe page to raise funds to help with her medical bills. The donations increased drastically after it gained attention through XXXTentacion's death.