SYSTEM OF A DOWN's 'Chop Suey!' surpasses one billion streams on SPOTIFY
SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s song “Chop Suey!” recently crossed the threshold of one billion streams on Spotify. It is the first SYSTEM OF A DOWN track to reach the milestone.
The Spotify accomplishment comes a little over two years after the music video for “Chop Suey!” surpassed one billion views on YouTube.
“Chop Suey!” was the first single from SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s second album, “Toxicity”. The single was released in August 2001 and earned the band its first Grammy nomination in 2002 for “Best Metal Performance.”
SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian stated about “Chop Suey!”: “The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. Everyone deserves to die. Like, if I were now to die from drug abuse, they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs. Hence the line, ‘I cry when angels deserve to die.'”
SYSTEM OF A DOWN has toured intermittently since ending its hiatus in 2011, but has only managed to record two songs in the last 18 years, “Protect The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”. Released in November 2020, the tracks were motivated by the conflict between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, with all proceeds supporting humanitarian efforts in SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s ancestral homeland of Armenia. Along with other donations from fans on their social pages, they have raised over $600,000.
In 2018, Malakian publicly accused singer Serj Tankian of not wanting to record, with Tankian responding that creative and financial issues with Malakian led to the stalemate. In a message on Facebook, Tankian wrote that Malakian wanted to control SYSTEM‘s creative process, take more of the publishing money and be the only bandmember to speak to the press.
Thank you for waking up with #ChopSuey! 1 Billion times on @Spotify. pic.twitter.com/WgYOFRBPaQ— System Of A Down (@systemofadown) April 20, 2023