Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” is the fastest song in history to reach 1 billion streams.
The song has garnered worldwide attention due to its lyrics, which has some fans excited believe gives insight into her relationship with her former husband Liam Hemsworth. Upon release, it also topped the charts in the UK, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and New Zealand. On January 19, the song became the most-streamed song in a single week in Spotify history. Just a few months later, it surpassed the one billion stream mark.
“It was incredible to see ‘Flowers’ break the record for most streams in a single week,” said Jana Coffey, Spotify’s Artist & Label Partnerships Lead, at the time. “The song got off to a great start after day one and has only grown since then. Instead of seeing massive streams on day one that dwindle throughout the week, each day since release has been bigger than the one before. Miley is back with her album Endless summer vacation coming out in a few months, that’s just the beginning.”
Miley Cyrus broke the previous record holder for most Spotify streams in a week, which belonged to BTS, with “Butter.” With 99.37 million Spotify streams in the first seven days, it set a record at the time. Digital sales of “Flowers” were also unusually high, topping the iTunes sales chart for eight straight days in January when it was released.
“Flowers” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was Cyrus’ first song to top the chart since “Wrecking Ball” a decade ago. It has to beat “Party in the USA,” which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2009, with 1.1 billion Spotify streams to date. “Flowers” was written by Miley Cyrus, Michael Pollack and Gregory Hein. The song hit a record one billion in just 112 days.