The 20-year-old rapper was shot and killed in Florida on Monday (June 18). According to reports, he was shot by two men in a dark SUV as he left a motorcycle shop in Fort Lauderdale. He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
Yesterday (June 19), XXXTentacion – whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy – broke Swift’s record as streams of his track ‘SAD!’ reached 10.4 million in 24 hours, according to spotifycharts.com. Swift’s 2017 comeback track ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ previously held the record with 10.1 million.
Earlier this year, Spotify removed ‘SAD!’ from promoted playlists like Rap Caviar as part of its new “hateful conduct” policy. XXXTentacion was accused of assault by his ex-girlfriend in 2016 and had been charged with crimes including false imprisonment, witness tampering, and aggravated battery.
Spotify has been criticised for adding his music back onto popular playlists since the rapper’s death. The service recently admitted the rollout of the “hateful conduct” policy had been flawed.
XXXTentacion’s music also saw a huge increase in sales after he died. According to Nielsen Music, there was a 1,603 percent increase, with numbers rising from 2,000 copies sold on June 17 to 33,000 on June 18.
Meanwhile, a memorial for the rapper in Los Angeles was shut down by police. Videos showed fans singing along to X’s songs while others showed a number of people riding around on top of a car. The LAPD reportedly dispersed the crowd with pepper balls and rubber bullets.