Oyero Abiodun Yakub
Recently, there has been a lot of back and forth on social media between singers Michael Adebayo, popularly known as Ruger, and Daniel Benson popularly known as Bnxn (Buju). The argument has been on for a while and was reignited when the Asiwaju crooner, Ruger apologized to his fans “for making them listen to so much noise” on the 10th of November.
Following the release of 2 new singles – Red Flag and Asiwaju – by Ruger, he again took to his Twitter handle to shade fellow artiste, Bnxn fka Buju after his Asiwaju single topped the Apple music chart.
In Bnxn’s response, he claims he doesn’t fake it, and neither does he use ‘Stream Farm’ to get his music to the top of the chart, unlike some artists.
In our world today, one of the yardsticks of measuring an artist’s success is the number of streams they amass on streaming platforms. Upon the release of a new song, these artists find ways of taking it to the top spot, and this is where ‘Stream Farms’ come into the picture.
The way bots exist to fraudulently boost Facebook or Youtube likes, stream farms will make it look like a song has more legitimate streams than they really have. It could be a bot or human and can stream a song 1000 times in minutes. The number of streams is dependent on the amount paid by the client.
In a video making rounds online, this Stream Farm located in New York City claims they are being patronized by various record label bosses and artists all over the world to ‘rack up’ the numbers on the song.
Big names in the industry have been allegedly tagged on the web for using stream farms to boost the numbers on their songs. Artistes including Wizkid, Davido, Burna boy, and Asake amongst others are not left out.