Who Ruled Music Streaming In 2019?

With Spotify Wrapped, Pandora’s Top Thumb Hundred, the new Apple Music Awards, as well as Shazam and YouTube’s most popular songs of 2019, there’s a lot of new streaming data to explore.

December is not only the perfect time for slowing down, sipping hot chocolate and spending time with loved ones, it’s also a great opportunity to look back on which artists broke new records in streaming numbers. From Spotify to Pandora, Apple Music—and Shazam, which Apple owns—and YouTube, let’s see who dominated the streaming game in 2019.

If you’re active on Twitter or Instagram, you may have noticed various versions of Spotify Wrapped being shared over the past few days, after the streaming giant launched their annual microsite, which allows Spotify users to dive into their personal top artists and songs of the year. They also released the data for the platform as a whole, which named current 2020 GRAMMY nominee Post Malone as their most streamed artist globally, with over 6.5 billion streams this year.

The rest of Spotify’s top artist list is made up of current GRAMMY nominees, with Billie Eilish taking the No. 2 spot with over six billion streams, followed by Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Bad Bunny, respectively. Eilish’s GRAMMY-nominated debut album, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, is the platform’s top-streamed album of 2019, making the 17-year-old the first female artist to have a No. 1 spot in that category. The highly anticipated project was also the top-streamed album on Apple Music this year.

And that’s not all for the L.A. pop giant: Eilish’s GRAMMY-nominated hit “bad guy” ranks as the second-most-streamed song of the year on Spotify, surpassed only by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s hit “Señorita,” which saw more than one billion streams and is also up for a 2020 GRAMMY. Spotify’s other top three global tracks of 2019 are also currently in the running for a GRAMMY: Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower,” Grande’s “7 rings” and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Old Town Road – Remix.”

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Source: Grammy.com
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