AHH Stray News: Chance’s Streams Blow Up, will.I.am Goes Into High Finance, Plies Loses License


It has been a little over a week since the 59th Annual Grammy awards took place, and data is coming in showing a continuous boost for Chance the Rapper. In addition to seeing a 600% increase on Spotify, Nielsen Music has compiled data showing just how much his streams have been positively impacted by winning three Grammy Awards earlier this month. Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book lead all albums with a unit increase of 15,548,000 on-demand streams. Adele’s 25 clocked in at a distant second, with 5,160,500 extra streams. Overall, Chance’s streams across all music platforms saw an 84% boost.

Black Eyed Peas founding group member will.I.am hopes to become the next big mogul in banking. According to reports, will.I.am has become a boardmember of Atom Bank, and also has the obtained rights to purchase up to $3 million worth of stock from the company at rock bottom prices. will.i.am has become a board member of Atom and will help market the company via social media, in addition to helping guide the company’s digital strategy. In return, the rapper can buy up to 3 million shares in the company, valued at $1.15 over the next three years. Atom Bank was started by Anthony Thompson, who is also a founder of Metro Bank.

Rapper Plies has reportedly had his driver’s license suspended for a year following his DUI arrest last month. The “Shawty” hitmaker, real name Algernod Washington, was pulled over by police in Tampa, Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence on January 17. He has yet to face the charge in court, but according to TMZ.com, Plies refused to submit to a breath test or provide a blood or urine sample at the time of his arrest, and under state law, his failure to do so has cost him his driver’s permit. Plies, 40, is currently free on $500 bail. He has yet to comment on the legal trouble.