Streaming Farm: Rapper Blaqbonez says Apple Music Nigeria chart manipulated
Nigerian rapper Emeka Akumefule, aka Blaqbonez, has asserted that some Nigerian artists buy “fake streams” to boost their songs on the Apple Music Nigeria chart.
He said most of the top 20 songs on the chart made it because the chart is being manipulated by a “fake stream” technology called “streaming farms.”
The rapper made the assertion in a recent interview with Cool FM Nigeria, co-hosted by reality star Tacha.
He claimed most of the songs topping Apple Music Nigeria are not popular.
Blaqbonez said, “People [some artists] are farming on Apple Music Nigeria. And it is upsetting to me. Open your phone right now, check from numbers 10 to 20, and tell me if you know the songs there.
“My song [Like Ice Spice] is meant to be in the top 10 there, but there are too many farmers. I'm in the top 10 on all other platforms except Apple Music because people have identified that Apple Music is the platform that has the most PR. When you announce that you are in the top 10, people are ginger. So, people are now farming on that platform. People who are not anywhere else on any other platform will chart there. And it’s so upsetting.”
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