N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police” streams surge amid Black Lives Matter protests
N.W.A.'s "Fuck Tha Police" has seen a resurgence amidst the ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. As the Black Lives Matter movement continues, N.W.A.'s iconic track has become one of the top protest songs. So much so that "Fuck Tha Police" is seeing a massive jump on streaming charts.
Over the past week, streams of "Fuck Tha Police" have nearly quadruped. Kendrick Lamar's "Alright," Childish Gambino's "This Is America" and YG's "FDT" have also seen massive leaps in streaming numbers.
The notorious hacker group Anonymous emerged over the weekend and are showing solidarity with protesters in various ways. Recently, they disrupted the Chicago Police Department's radio scanner and played N.W.A.'s "Fuck Tha Police." This is one of many ways the song has become part of the ongoing protests.
According to Rolling Stone, Alpha Data has calculated that "Fuck Tha Police" had a 272 percent increase in on-demand audio streams from May 27 through June 1. The song saw its biggest jump on Sunday and Monday with 765,000 on-demand audio streams over those two days. This amount is nearly five times the streams "Fuck Tha Police" was seeing on a Sunday and Monday prior to the protests.
Over the years, the song has seen an increase in streams when other police brutality protests have taken place. In August 2015, "Fuck Tha Police" saw a surge in streams during the protests in Ferguson following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown at the hands of police. However, it seems as though the song is being streamed more than ever now. The data reveals the N.W.A. track is being streamed more than double what it was during the Ferguson protests.
Along with N.W.A.'s hit, there are various other songs seeing massive increases in streaming numbers. Gambino's "This Is America" saw a 149 percent jump in streams from May 27 to June 1. During that same time period, streams of Lamar's "Alright" increased by 71 percent, Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" streams increased 89 percent and Beyonce's "Freedom" jumped 70 percent in streams.
These songs have also seen spikes on Pandora over the last 10 days. "Fight The Power" has seen a 559 percent spike in track station adds, "This Is America" has increased 79 percent in streams and "Alright" has spiked 22 percent in streams.
Some of these songs could be seeing such an increase in plays due to the recent rise in Black Lives Matter playlists. This week, Spotify published various playlists that include music from black artists. Spotify's Black Lives Matter playlist features "This Is America," "Alright," "Freedom," "Fight The Power" and, of course, "Fuck Tha Police" among other songs.
While music continues to play a prominent role in the ongoing protests, musicians and artists themselves are taking part in the movement. Musicians have been showing their support for the protests and the need for change in America. Halsey, YUNGBLUD, Mod Sun, Machine Gun Kelly, The Driver Era‘s Ross Lynch, FEVER 333‘s Jason Aalon Butler and so many more took part in protests this week. Many artists have also been vocalizing their support online.
N.W.A.'s "Fuck Tha Police" and Spotify's Black Lives Matter playlist are available to stream below.
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