Spotify Has New King—Ed Sheeran, The Most Streamed Artist Of 2017

Spotify has revealed its annual end-of-year chart, featuring the most streamed artists, songs, albums and genres of 2017. And, in the words of chief content officer Stefan Blom, “there is no doubt that 2017 was The Year of Ed Sheeran.”

This year, our favorite redhead was crowned the king of the streaming platform, scoring more listens than Drake (who took the top spot in 2015 and 2016), the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, the Chainsmokers, and—well, everyone else.

His song “Shape of You”, which is nominated for a Grammy for best solo pop performance, became the most-streamed track in Spotify’s history, racking up 1.4 billion streams since its January release. On the same note, his album “Divide” (officially known as ÷, as annoying as that is), was streamed 3.1 billion times, making it the top album of the year.

And while it was only men leading the 2017 chart (which is quite annoying), it still wasn’t a bad year for women in Spotify. Rhianna took the lead as the most streamed female artist, followed by Taylor Swift—which is quite impressive considering that not one of her songs was available on the platform until June.

The song of the summer didn’t manage to become the song of the year. However, “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which did reach the second and third place of the table (with and without Bieber), it surely had a lot to do with the impressive growth of the Latin genre on the platform, having increase 110%, followed by hip hop, with a whopping 74%.

Learn more about Spotify’s 2017 numbers in the official infographic of the platform in out photo gallery above.


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