Drake, Rihanna Lead Spotify’s Most Popular Artists; See Who Else Made It To The Ranking!

By Ryan Grant, Parent Herald December 02, 06:00 am

Having been streamed for more than 4.7 billion times, Drake is once again Spotify's most popular artist. It's the second year in a row for the Canadian rapper to land on top of the digital music service's yearly ranking, and he just beat his previous record of 2 billion streams.

Drake's album, "Views" is also Spotify's most streamed album in 2016, and his song "One Dance" featuring WizKid and Kyla the most streamed track. Trailing Drake in the Spotify rankings are Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Kanye West, and Coldplay.

2016 has been a good year for Drake, who's also been dubbed "meme king" for appearing on several memes on social media. The singer-songwriter-record producer-actor has conquered not only Spotify, but also Apple Music, where his album hit 1 billion streams, The Verge reports.

It's interesting to note, as Billboard reports, that "Views" started out for two weeks as an exclusive for Apple Music. The album also debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart on May 21 and stayed for 26 weeks in the top five.

Spotify's chief strategy officer Stefan Blom said Drake engages his fans in a way that only he can, The Guardian reports. "It's no surprise that he is dominating the music industry," Blom said.

Rihanna, with 2.5 billion streams, is Spotify's most streamed female artist. On the second to fifth places are Ariana Grande, Sia, Adele, and Fifth Harmony.

Drake's "One Dance" leads the pack of the most streamed songs with 970 million streams, followed by Mike Posner's "I Took a Pill in Ibiza," The Chainsmokers' "Don't Let Me Down," Rihanna's "Work," and Sia's "Cheap Thrills."

Among albums, Drake's "Views" is number one with 2.45 billion streams. Justin Bieber's "Purpose," Rihanna's "Anti," Twenty One Pilot's "Blurryface," and The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind the Madness occupy the second to fifth spots.

Did your favorite artist make it to this year's Spotify rankings?

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