As soon as the warm weather rolls around, there's an unofficial contest to become the song that gets everyone pumped, then stuck in everyone's head, and eventually overplayed by your mother.
Tracks that get the distinction of being the "Song of the Summer" also get the glory of being the soundtrack to those unforgettable moments...at least until next summer rolls around.
It's great... but it can't win.
You couldn't miss Drake and his latest album "Scorpion" if you listened to music on a streaming service last week. Spotify drowned its users in Drake. Drake's picture and songs were plastered in every playlist from "Songs to Sing in the Car" to "All the Feels" to "Bachata Lovers." Drake's face was even used to promote playlists that didn't feature his songs, including "Happy Pop Hits," which goes against everything Sad Drake stands for.
Apple Music was drinking the Drake SZN kool-aid as well. It also created a website where you could "Make Your Drake" album cover art, as well as inserted some secret surprises for fans who asked Siri about Drake's nicknames.
The promotional landslide helped the album get streamed more than 10 million times every hour during that period, according to Spotify. According to Spotify Charts, songs from "Scorpion" were streamed more than 132,450,00 times within 24 hours of release on the platform, giving it the top spot. Apple Music and Amazon both told Variety "Scorpion" also broke its single-day streaming records as well.
But not everyone was a fan.
A Reddit user posted what they claimed was a chat transcript with Spotify asking for a refund for this month's subscription fee for the avalanche of recommended Drake content because they did not listen to Drake nor any similar music. According to the transcript, the money was refunded.
"Whoever thought it would be a good idea to put Drake in EVERY SINGLE section of the Spotify app needs to be fired," wrote one user on Spotify's community board. "I will definitely not be continuing my premium subscription if this keeps up."
"Let me start by saying I do not enjoy Drake in any way, shape, or form," another user wrote, asking for their money back.
Then, Spotify got dragged on Twitter.
A Spotify spokesperson said that Drake did not pay for the promotion.
A source familiar with the situation said the anti-Drake movement was "minimal" — and in any case there was no refund policy.