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  /  02.22.2020


As fans continue to mourn the sudden passing of Pop Smoke, his music streams have seen a huge increase.

According to Billboard, Pop’s catalog of songs saw a 392% streaming increase on Feb. 19, the day he passed away. The outlet reports, “Pop Smoke’s songs collected 24.7 million on-demand streams in the U.S. on Feb. 19, up 392% from 5 million streams on Feb. 18, according to initial reports to the tracking firm.”

His hit song “Dior” garnered 5.2 million streams on Feb. 19, up 467% from the day before he passed. “Better Have Your Gun” saw the largest increase with 202,000 streams on Feb. 19. Pop’s digital downloads increased by 984% from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19.

Pop tragically lost his life at the age of 20 after he was gunned down in his Hollywood Hills home. Police now believe that he was targeted.

According to surveillance footage, four suspects wearing masks approaching Pop’s home. Three of the four men, which authorities have described as wearing hoodies and masks, reportedly returned to the home’s front door. The fourth suspect does not appear again on video until he’s seen exiting from the front door, which suggests he broke into the home from a back entrance.

Multiple shots were fired inside the home, but only Pop was hit. The suspects were not seen carrying any items out of the house, which refutes initial reports that this was a robbery. No arrests have been made.

Tributes and remembrances have poured in from members of the hip hop community.

“The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave,” Nicki Minaj, who remixed Pop’s 2019 single “Welcome to the Party,” wrote on Instagram. “Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.”

“R.I.P to my man Pop Smoke, No sympathy for winners,” 50 Cent tweeted. “God bless him.”

“F L Y H I G H W O O [Pop Smoke],” Quavo wrote. “Got To Kno This Kid! Very Talented Humble Respectful And Appreciative Always Ask Questions Big Sponge To Knowledge Fast Learning Young Boss And The Huncho Was Here To Share That Anytime You Called Me! R.I.P.”

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