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Drake, Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande amongst Spotify’s most streamed artists for 2018

Drake was the most streamed artist in the UK and worldwide in 2018

Spotify has shared its annual Year in Music lists, revealing the top artists, albums, tracks and moments that made 2018 such an amazing year for music fans.

Perhaps unsurprising to anyone who’s been keeping an eye on the charts, Drake was the most streamed artist overall with Dua Lipa becoming the most streamed female artist in the UK.

Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ was the most streamed track, while his ‘Scorpion’ album was the most streamed album in both the UK and worldwide in 2018.

Ariana Grande’s 49 million plus monthly listeners drove her to become Spotify’s most-streamed female artist of 2018, following in the footsteps of three-time winner Rihanna. She had a number of hits throughout the year, including her fourth album ‘Sweetener’ and her recent single ‘thank u, next’.

Dua Lipa also had an amazing 2018, breaking a number of records on Spotify, and making her the second most-streamed female of 2018 globally, and the most streamed female in the UK. Her track ‘One Kiss’ with Calvin Harris was the UK’s second most-streamed track of the year behind ‘God’s Plan’, and the album ‘Dua Lipa’ was the third most streamed album of the year in the UK (4th globally), behind ‘Scorpion’ and Post Malone’s ‘beerbongs & bentleys’.

Even without an album release in 2018, Ed Sheeran – 2017’s most streamed artist – was still the most streamed British artist in the world, and the fifth most-streamed artist of the year overall.

Here’s a further look at Spotify’s UK and global streaming lists for 2018.

Most streamed artist: UK 

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • Eminem
  • Ed Sheeran
  • XXXTENTACION

Most streamed female artist: UK 

  • Dua Lipa
  • Ariana Grande
  • Jess Glynne
  • Rihanna
  • Anne-Marie

Most streamed track: UK 

  • God’s Plan – Drake
  • One Kiss (with Dua Lipa) – Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris
  • Nice for What – Drake
  • Shotgun – George Ezra
  • These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore, Dan Caplan) – Rudimental

Most streamed album: UK 

  • Drake – Scorpion
  • Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys
  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • Ed Sheeran – ÷
  • George Ezra – Staying at Tamara’s

Spotify’s Global Top Lists 2018

Most-Streamed Artists: Global

  • Drake
  • Post Malone
  • XXXTENTACION
  • J Balvin
  • Ed Sheeran

Most-Streamed Female Artists: Global

  • Ariana Grande
  • Dua Lipa
  • Cardi B
  • Taylor Swift
  • Camila Cabello

Most-Streamed Tracks: Global

  • God’s Plan – Drake
  • SAD! – XXXTENTACION
  • rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) – Post Malone
  • Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
  • In My Feelings – Drake

Most-Streamed Albums: Global

  • Scorpion – Drake
  • beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone
  • ? – XXXTENTACION
  • Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
  • ÷ – Ed Sheeran

Most-Streamed Groups: Global

On December 6th, Spotify will launch a Wrapped microsite allowing listeners to find out their personal favourites and most-streamed tracks of the year.

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