*The epic and very entertaining #Verzuz battle between Babyface and Teddy Riley on Monday night not only gave quarantined audiences of a certain age a soulful trip down memory lane, is also gave the the 49 tracks played during the Instagram Live event a colossal boost in streams.
Nielsen Music/MRC Data reported that the 49 titles collectively registered 3 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. on April 21, the day following the session, compared with a cumulative 1.4 million haul on the 20th, a day-over-day surge of 115%.
Below are live performance videos to go along with Billboard’s reporting of the streaming standouts from the battle.
Tevin Campbell’s “Can We Talk” – a Babyface production – earned the highest streaming sum on the day after the showdown. The 1993 hit, a former three-week No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 9 success on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, clocked 232,000 on-demand audio streams, up from 110,000 the day prior (up 110%). As did many artists whose songs featured in the Instagram Live, Campbell tweeted during the session that “Talk” is “a song about stalking but it works every time.”
Below “Talk,” the next two highest streamed songs for the day belong in the Riley camp: Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” featuring Dr. Dre (173,000) and SWV’s “Right Here/Human Nature” (128,000).
Babyface rounds out the top five with two of the 1990s biggest hits: Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” (101,000) and “End of the Road” (100,000).
In terms of big day-over-day gains, other streaming highlights for Team Riley include Guy’s “Piece of My Love,” which rose to 89,000 on-demand audio streams from 29,000 (up 203%) and Hi-Five’s 1991 Hot 100 No. 1 “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game),” which jumped to 83,000 streams from 29,000 (up 186%).
Team Babyface, meanwhile, can count winners in Campbell’s “I’m Ready,” which climbed to 86,000 streams from 27,000 (197%) and two of the legend’s own tracks: “Soon As I Get Home,” which rose to 81,000 from 17,000 (+363%) and “Whip Appeal,” up to 89,000 from 38,000 (+133%).
One more for Babyface: Toni Braxton’s “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” which he introduced with an anecdote about Michael Jackson attempting to ask Halle Berry on a date, yielded 74,000, up 493% from 12,000 the prior day.
And in case you missed the #Verzuz battle itself, here it is in its entirety: