Bad Bunny performs during "The Last Tour Of The World" in Miami.
Bad Bunny performs during “The Last Tour Of The World” in Miami. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

No One Even Comes Close to Bad Bunny’s Stardom Right Now

After two fallow years for new music due to the pandemic, several of the biggest pop stars in the world emerged with new releases over the last couple months.

Drake, the recording artist of the year in 2016 and 2018, released a new album of house rap. BTS, the best-selling act of 2021, dropped “Proof.” Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar released his first record in five years. Harry Styles and Beyonce competed for the song of summer.

None of them could come close to Bad Bunny, who has topped Bloomberg’s Pop Star Power Rankings all year. The Puerto Rican musician had the best-selling album of the last two months and was the most-streamed act on both Spotify and YouTube, the world’s two largest music services.

He has sold more than 1.4 million copies of his album “Un Verano Sin Ti” since its debut on May 6, and generated almost 3 billion streams on Spotify.

Here are two data points charts to demonstrate how Bad Bunny is running laps around the entire music industry.

Bad Bunny songs appeared in the Spotify top 100 more times over the last 2 months than those of Harry Styles, Olivia Rodrigo, Drake and Kendrick Lamar combined. Three of those four acts also released new albums. Post Malone, one of the most popular performers of the last few years, didn’t even crack the top 10.

Now let’s take it a step further. Bad Bunny beat every single record label in the industry. The only label that even came close is Columbia, which charted songs from more than a dozen artists, including Harry Styles, Lil Nas X, Adele and The Kid Laroi. Bad Bunny songs appeared more than twice as many times as acts from Atlantic, home of Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Lizzo and Jack Harlow.

Correction: Previously Kendrick Lamar was described as a Nobel Prize winner and not a Pulitzer Prize winner.