Drake Named Most Streamed Artist on Spotify
Spotify revealed that Canadian rapper Drake was the most streamed artist on its service in 2015 with its Year In Music feature, released Tuesday. According to the report, Drake songs were streamed 1.8 billion times so far this year, by 46 million unique listeners. The number of streams more-than-doubled the total of 2014’s most-streamed artist, Ed Sheeran, who only tallied 860 million streams. Sheeran didn’t drop too far either, finishing behind Drake but maintaining his place as the service’s most-streamed artist of all time. Finishing behind Drake were The Weeknd, Maroon 5 and Kanye West.
Rihanna, according to Spotify’s calculations, was the most-streamed female artist of 2015, narrowly beating out rivals such as Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. The report also showed that June 19th was the busiest day of the year on the service, meaning Spotify users logged more streams on that day than any other. The most-streamed track, per the breakdown, was the Major Lazer collaboration with Mo and DJ Snake, “Lean On,” with a staggering 540 million streams. The most-streamed album, meanwhile, was The Weeknd’s latest, Beauty Behind the Madness, which narrowly edged out Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Major Lazer’s Peace Is the Mission.
In addition to breaking down streaming activity on a worldwide basis, Spotify also shared the listening habits of its American user base. Drake enjoyed even better performance with American fans, as he claimed the top spot and also had the most-streamed album among American listeners. Major Lazer’s track “Lean On,” meanwhile, only ranked fifth among American listeners, who made Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” the number one track. The Weeknd had two tracks in the Top 5 streamed songs, with “The Hills” and “Earned It”; with Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” rounding out the Top 5. Rihanna, meanwhile, who topped the list of most streamed female artists globally, coming in behind Nicki Minaj and Beyonce on the American list.