Drake Is Spotify's Most Streamed Artist of 2016
Drake might have a lucrative deal with Apple Music, but that won’t stop him from getting love on Spotify. The 6 God is the most-streamed artist on the platform for the second year in a row.
Running up more than 4.7 billion streams this year alone, Drake surged above last year’s 1.8 billion. His Kyla and Wizkid-assisted single “One Dance” was also named the most-streamed song of all time with 970 million plays. Meanwhile, Views was the year’s most-streamed album.
Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content & Chief Strategy Officer, praised Drake for what’s been an accomplishment-filled 2016.
“Drake has been unstoppable this year – he’s a true global superstar,” said Blom. “With the top album and the top song this year, as well as his successful ‘Summer Sixteen Tour,’ Drake continues to engage his fans in a way that only Drake can; it’s no surprise he is dominating the music industry.”
Drake’s ex Rihanna was also a powerful force on the platform. She was named the Most Streamed Female Artist for the second year in a row with 2.5 billion streams.
Justin Bieber was the second Most Streamed Male Artist, while Kanye West placed fourth on the list.
See more from Spotify’s year-in-review below.
Most Streamed Male Artists
2. Justin Bieber
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. Kanye West
Most Streamed Female Artists
2. Ariana Grande
5. Fifth Harmony
Top 5 Breakout Artists
5. Rob $tone
Most Streamed Songs
1. “One Dance” (feat. WizKid and Kyla) – Drake
2. “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” – Seeb Remix – Mike Posner
3. “Don’t Let Me Down” (feat. Daya) – The Chainsmokers
4. “Work” (feat. Drake) – Rihanna
5. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
Most Streamed Albums
1. Views – Drake
2. Purpose – Justin Bieber
3. ANTI – Rihanna
4. Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
5. Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd