American rockers Guns N’ Roses have reached a significant point with their iconic single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, which has reached over a billion streams on streaming service Spotify.
The third single from the band’s classic 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, the hit track passed the hallowed one billion stream mark yesterday (August 9th), over 34 years since its original release, according to Forbes. Appetite for Destruction went on to sell over 18 million copies in the US alone, which made it the best-selling debut album of all time at that point. It was also a significant feature of the late ’80s hard rock wave.
The ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ music video also broke records in October 2019. It became the first music video from the ’80s to break the billion view threshold. Last week Guns N’ Roses also made the headlines for a couple of reasons. They released a new single ‘Absurd’, as well as paying tribute to the late rapper, Biz Markie, during a New Jersey show.
Markie, whose real name was Marcel Theo Hall, passed away on July 16th. A cause of death has not been revealed, but it has been claimed that the rapper had struggled recently with health issues related to his long battle with Type 2 diabetes. Guns N’ Roses were just one of many iconic acts paying respects to the late rapper. In a touching tribute, they took a minute to honour him during their shows at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey last week.
Before the band played their famous ballad ‘November Rain’, frontman Axl Rose sat down at the piano and performed a sing-a-long rendition of Biz’s iconic 1989 hit ‘Just A Friend’.
The band’s new single ‘Absurd’ is actually a reworking of their song ‘Silkworms’, which was written during 2001 in the sessions for the infamous 2008 album Chinese Democracy. The band made the headlines for debuting it during a show at Fenway Park in Boston last Tuesday (August 3rd).
Listen to ‘Absurd’, below.