NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify users are clearly listening to Drake. The rapper was the most streamed artist of the year globally.
Spotify announced its end-of-the-year list Tuesday and said Drake earned 1.8 billion streams in 2015. Rihanna was the year’s most streamed female performer with 1 billion streams, while Major Lazer’s ubiquitous hit, « Lean On, » was the most streamed song of the year with 540 million streams.
The Weeknd’s breakout album, « Beautify Behind the Madness, » was the most streamed album of the year, beating Drake’s « If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, » which was No. 2.
Ed Sheeran, who was the top streaming artist last year, is second behind Drake. The Weeknd, Maroon 5 and Kanye West round out the top five.
In the United States, Drake topped the list of most streamed artists, followed by the Weeknd, West, Sheeran and Eminem. Drake’s « If You’re Reading This » also topped the U.S. albums list, while Fetty Wap’s « Trap Queen » was the most streamed song in America.
In Spotify’s all-time lists, Sheeran is the most streamed act with more than 3 billion streams; Justin Bieber has the record for most streams in a day with 36 million streams; and Major Lazer’s « Lean On, » which features MO and DJ Snake, is the leading song.
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