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Ed Sheeran Overtakes Drake to Become Spotify’s ‘Most Streamed Artist’ of 2017 [See Full List]

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Spotify released its annual Year in Music list, and Britain’s encore singer – Ed Sheeran came out to be the most streamed artist on Spotify with 45 million monthly listeners around the world.

With 6.3 billion streams this year alone, Sheeran snatched the streaming crown from Drake, who was the most streamed artist in 2015 and 2016, but came in second place in 2017. It’s been a popular year for The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers too, who rounded out the top five.

Sheeran also took the top spot for most streamed album with his March release ÷ (Divide), which clocked up 3.1 billion streams globally. The album trumped Drake’s More Life, Kendrick’s DAMN., The Weeknd’s Starboy and Post Malone’s Stoney.

Plus, Sheeran took most streamed track of the year, “Shape of You,” with over 1.4 billion streams globally. The single beat Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s inescapable “Despacito,” (and the Justin Bieber remix), “Something Just Like This,” from The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One.” Sheeran was also the most streamed male artist of the year.

Here’s the whole list, which ends with my personal favourite section, the emerging genres list. Get some cinematic dubstep, chaotic black metal and trap Latino into your life.

SPOTIFY’S GLOBAL YEAR IN MUSIC 2017

Most Streamed Artists 

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Drake
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Kendrick Lamar
  5. The Chainsmokers

Most Streamed Female Artists

  1. Rihanna
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Selena Gomez
  4. Ariana Grande
  5. Sia

Most Streamed Male Artists 

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Drake
  3. The Weeknd
  4. Kendrick Lamar
  5. Daddy Yankee

Top Five Breakout Artists

  1. Camila Cabello
  2. Harry Styles
  3. Liam Payne
  4. Lil Pump
  5. Trippie Redd

Most Streamed Groups 

  1. Coldplay
  2. Imagine Dragons
  3. Maroon 5
  4. Linkin Park
  5. Migos

Most Streamed Tracks 

  1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
  2. “Despacito” – Remix – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
  3. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
  4. “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  5. “I’m the One” – DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Most Streamed Albums 

  1. Divide – Ed Sheeran
  2. More Life – Drake
  3. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
  4. Starboy – The Weeknd
  5. Stoney – Post Malone

Emerging 2017 Genres

  1. Melodic Power Metal
  2. Chaotic Black Metal
  3. Chillhop
  4. Trap Latino
  5. Future Funk
  6. Jumpstyle
  7. Serialism
  8. Cinematic Dubstep
  9. Vintage Swoon
  10. Gamecore

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