Rich Brian makes Spotify history as the first Indonesian artist to top 10 million monthly listeners

Rapper Rich Brian has reached a new milestone as he has become the first Indonesian artist to surpass 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Screenshot from Spotify
Rapper Rich Brian has reached a new milestone as he has become the first Indonesian artist to surpass 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Screenshot from Spotify

Rapper Rich Brian stays booked and busy since the start of his career, and the Jakarta native has reached a new milestone as he has become the first Indonesian artist to surpass 10 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

The 22-year-old rapper recently quote-tweeted a fan account of 88rising, the American record label he’s signed to, thanking the “amazing and hot people” for helping him achieve this milestone.

Rich Brian, full name Brian Imanuel Soewarno, shot to fame with the viral hit dat $tick in 2016, known then by his controversial stage name Rich Chigga. He relocated to Los Angeles from Jakarta in mid-2017 to embark on his first US tour and joined 88rising, opening him up to collaborations with his current label mates and artists such as K-pop singer Chungha and Wu Tang Clan’s de facto leader RZA.

88rising, which has gained popularity as a platform for Asian American and Asian artists who release their music in the US, also houses fellow Indonesian artists R&B singer/songwriters Niki Zefanya AKA NIKI and Stephanie Poetri. The latest addition to the list being Warren Hue, a Jakarta-born-and-raised young rapper who joined the label earlier this year.

Rich Brian’s recent releases include a single titled California, in which he collaborated with NIKI and Warren Hue; being featured in viral hit Edamame with Canadian rapper bbno$ (pronounced as “baby no money”); as well as several songs in the OST album for Marvel Studio’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings including Lazy Susan with 21 Savage, Masiwei, and Warren Hue as well as Run It with DJ Snake and Rick Ross.

Indonesian artists who have joined the seven digits monthly listeners club on Spotify include NIKI with 5,551,696, Pamungkas with 4,676,218, Tulus with 2,524,868, Rizky Febian with 2,417,636, Nadin Amizah with 2,192,465, and Stephanie Poetri with 1,796,208.

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