The first Verzuz battle of the new year continues to prove to be a record-breaking event. Ashanti and Keyshia Cole pulled 11.3 million streams combined following the showdown.

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According to MRC Data, the R&B superstars’ streams increased by 178% two days ahead of the highly-anticipated virtual event.

Although fans criticized Keyshia for seemingly having an attitude throughout the event, she accounted for 6 million of the streams. Meanwhile, Ashanti made up the remaining 5.3 million.


Keyshia Cole offered an explanation for her behavior, claiming that she was upset about the technical difficulties, and revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the battle.

Ashanti’s previous positive coronavirus diagnosis was the reason why the battle was postponed the first time, but nevertheless the singers experienced the Verzuz effect.

Ashanti previewed her latest musical effort, “235 (2:35 I Want You)” during the battle and it performed well, garnering 536,000 U.S. streams in its first two days.

Ashanti’s biggest hit, “Foolish” and Keyshia Cole’s, “Love” emerged as their most streamed records following the Verzuz.

Check out their Top 5 streamed records below:

“Foolish” – 542,000
“Baby” – 407,000
“Rock Wit U (Aww Baby)” – 349,000
“What’s Luv?,” Fat Joe featuring Ashanti – 347,000
“Rain on Me” – 308,000

Keyshia Cole
“Love” – 716,000
“Let It Go,” featuring Missy Elliott & Lil Kim – 525,000
“I Should Have Cheated” – 431,000
“Heaven Sent” – 376,000
“I Remember” – 366,000