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Spotify reveals Ed Sheeran as the most streamed artist of 2017

It may be little surprise, but Spotify has announced tha Ed Sheeran is its most streamed artist of 2017.

The news comes in the same year as the British singer-songwriter was revealed as the streaming giant’s biggest artist internationally in terms of global monthly listeners, and is now notching up 47 million unique listeners every month, while he later surpassed Drake to attain the record for the most streamed song ever on Spotify.

This isn’t the first time Ed Sheeran has nabbed the much-coveted “most streamed artist” slot for a given year — he also hit top spot in 2014. Additionally, in 2017 Sheeran garnered number one position for most streamed album (÷) and song (Shape of You).

Curiously, the top five most streamed artists on Spotify were pretty much solo male singer-songwriters, with the exception of DJ/production duo the Chainsmokers:

  • Ed Sheeran
  • Drake
  • The Weeknd
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • The Chainsmokers

Digging down into the most-streamed female artists reveals that Rihanna took top spot for the third year straight, while Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Sia filled out the remaining slots in the list.

Other notable tidbits to emerge from Spotify’s arsenal of music-listening data include Hip Hop’s rise in popularity on the streaming platform, growing 74 percent over the past 12 months, while Latin music listening grew by 110 percent.

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When it came to celebs, the news cycle had us furiously looking up Matt Lauer and other men on the end of sexual misconduct allegations. Harvey Weinstein, on the other hand, whose outing at the hands of a New York Times expose opened the sexual harassment floodgates, wound up at number three. Kevin Spacey and Bill O' Reilly also made the cut. Meanwhile, soon-to-be princess Meghan Markle landed in second place and Gal Gadot just cracked the top ten.

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