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SPOTIFY CROWNS SHEERAN
12/5/17

Ed Sheeran is the king of Spotify in 2017 after being named most streamed artist globally and in his home country as well. Fellow WMG act Dua Lipa also scores high in the U.K., as do Little MixColdplay and Stormzy

Two British acts make the list of Top 5 most streamed artists in the U.K., with Atlantic star Sheeran at #1 and Little Mix (Syco) at #3. Drake is #2, Eminem #4 and The Weeknd #5. Similarly, when it comes to top females, Dua Lipa is the only Brit at #1, followed by RihannaAriana GrandeTaylor Swift and Beyoncé. On the list of top males, three U.S. acts are sandwiched between Sheeran at #1 and Calvin Harris at #5: Drake, Eminem and The Weeknd.

Sheeran also wins on the album and singles stakes, with “Shape of You” the top performing track and Divide the most popular album. The only indie act mentioned below is Stormzy, whose ADA-distributed debut, Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky), is #4 on top albums with 123.3m streams to date.

Top Five Artists in the U.K.

  1. Ed Sheeran (Atlantic)
  2. Drake (Island)
  3. Little Mix (Syco)
  4. Eminem (UMG)
  5. The Weeknd (Island)

Top Five Females in the U.K.

  1. Dua Lipa (Warner Bros.)
  2. Rihanna (Virgin EMI)
  3. Ariana Grande (Island)
  4. Taylor Swift (Virgin EMI)
  5. Beyoncé (Sony)

Top Five Males in the U.K.

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Drake
  3. Eminem
  4. The Weeknd
  5. Calvin Harris (Columbia)

Top Five Groups in the U.K.

  1. Little Mix
  2. Coldplay (Parlophone)
  3. The Chainsmokers (Sony)
  4. Arctic Monkeys (Domino)
  5. Imagine Dragons (Polydor)

Top Five Tracks in the U.K.

  1. "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran
  2. "Despacito" remix by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee f/Justin Bieber (Polydor)
  3. "Castle on the Hill" Ed Sheeran
  4. "Unforgettable" French Montana (Black Butter)
  5. "Galway Girl" Ed Sheeran

Top Five Albums in the U.K.

  1. Divide Ed Sheeran
  2. More Life Drake
  3. Starboy The Weeknd
  4. Gang Signs & Prayer Stormzy (#Merky)
  5. Ed Sheeran

Most streamed U.K. artists worldwide

  1. Ed Sheeran
  2. Coldplay
  3. Calvin Harris
  4. Dua Lipa
  5. ZAYN (RCA)