Drake is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2018

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WHILE Canadian rapper Drake was the most streamed artist of 2018 globally on Spotify, in the Philippines, LANY took the top spot.

Filipinos were also listening to Moira dela Torre, Ed Sheeran, BTS, and Maroon 5.

Drake, with 8.2 billion streams in 2018 alone, is Spotify’s most-streamed artist in the history of the service. Rounding out the Top 5 list of Most Streamed Artists in the world are (in order): Post Malone, XXXTENTACION, J Balvin, and last year’s most streamed artist Ed Sheeran.

When it comes to Spotify’s most-streamed female artist, Ariana Grande, with 48 million-plus monthly listeners, took the top spot, followed by Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello.

The Top 5 Most-Streamed Groups (with the caveat that the group has to have three or more members) were, inorder, Imagine Dragons, BTS, Maroon 5, Migos, and Coldplay which was 2017’s most-streamed group.

Hip-hop continued to dominate Spotify’s charts in 2018, but last year’s surge in Latin music continued its growth. Apart from that, EMO Rap and Lo-Fi Beats were two genres that grew the most in 2018.

Drake’s “God’s Plan” was the Most-Streamed Track followed by “SAD!” by XXXTENTACION, “rockstar” by Post Malone (feat. 21 Savage), “Psycho,” also by Post Malone (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), and Drake again with “In My Feelings.”

Drake topped a list yet again, with Scorpion as the Most-Streamed Album. This was followed by Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, XXXTENTACION’s ?, Dua Lipa eponymous album; and Ed Sheeran’s ÷, which happened to be the top album in 2017.

When it came to the Most-Followed Playlists in the world, the Top 5 were: Today’s Top Hits, RapCaviar, ¡Viva Latino!, Baila Reggaeton, and Songs to Sing in the Car.

Spotify was launched in Sweden in 2008 and now has about 35 million songs available on its free streaming service. It has 180 million users (83 million of whom are subscribers to the premium services), across 65 markets.