Ed Sheeran is Spotify's most popular artist of 2017

Lawrence Kim
December 8, 2017

"There is no doubt that 2017 was the year of Ed Sheeran", Spotify's Chief Content Officer said as he reached an average of 47 million monthly listeners. "Divide" racked up 3.1 billion streams and overall Sheeran's music generated 6.3 billion streams.

Ed Sheeran was Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2017; the United Kingdom singer's 2017 album ÷ (Divide) was streamed 3.1 billion times, with the album's lead single, "Shape Of You", pulling in 1.4 billion streams worldwide.

Hip-hop star Drake came in second on Spotify in 2017 and rapper Kendrick Lamar was fourth, with R&B singer The Weeknd, a protege of Drake, placing third.

The most-streamed groups of the year are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Linkin Park and Migos.

"2017 was the year of Ed Sheeran", as he takes the title for most streamed artist worldwide.

Drake's "More Life", which he didn't submit for consideration at the upcoming Grammy Awards, is the second-most streamed album of the year. Rihanna is the most streamed female performer of the year, followed by Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. While Lorde and Adele also made their way into the Australian top five.

Additionally, Latin music also is making strong inroads, with 10 Latin songs finishing in Spotify's Global Top 50 list, topped by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's mega hit, "Despacito", featuring Justin Bieber, which Spotify also named its song of the summer. Spotify has released its year-end round up of the most-listened to music on its platform, revealing new leaders in a sea of familiarity. That's pretty wonderful for an artist who didn't release an album this year!

And getting into the really granular details, two interesting tidbits: June 13, 2017 saw the most streams globally per user than any other day, and the year's top emerging genre was melodic power metal.

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