Bob Dylan became the first-ever musician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday — and Spotify users have forcefully responded to the news. According to a release from the service, streams of the 75-year-old raconteur’s songs have increased by 512 percent on Spotify globally since Dylan received the coveted award. Streams of his seminal 1965 song “Like A Rolling Stone” jumped the most, enjoying a 258 percent increase.
Numerous authors weighed in on Dylan’s victory Thursday, from Salman Rushdie (“Dylan is a brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition”) to Jodi Picoult (“I’m happy for Bob Dylan. #ButDoesThisMeanICanWinAGrammy?”). President Obama even contributed his two cents, calling Dylan “one of my favorite poets.”
The freshly decorated Nobel laureate will perform Friday evening at the second weekend of the inaugural Desert Trip festival in Indio, Calif. Earlier this year, Dylan released another album of renditions of standards, Fallen Angels. Next month, he’ll release Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings, which collects vintage concerts from his vaunted 1966 tour.