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And Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2023 was…oh, you know.

[With contributions from Elisa FG. – AC]

This week Spotify released its yearly list of the most globally streamed artists and sitting pretty at number one was Taylor Swift. Tay-Tay got tons of play-play.

According to the platform, Taylor Swift had her songs streamed 26.1 billion times since January 1. Checking with an online streaming royalty calculator, that works out to at least US$104,400,000.

It’s the first time the artist made her way to the top of the year-end chart. Three of Swifts albums were top streaming. And not a single one of those albums were released in 2023.

She says “Um ok this is unreal?? I just want to say to anyone who listened to my music this year, anywhere in the world, thank you,” showing her gratitude on instagram Swift also adds “Getting named Spotifys Global Top Artist in 2023 is truly the best birthday/holiday gift you could’ve given me.”

As a token of her appreciation Swift released her highly coveted Midnights deep cut “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” now available for streaming. The version was set to be an exclusive track on the CD being sold solely during her Eras tour. “We’ve seriously had THE MOST fun this year out there on tour and now this.” Swift gushes.

Bad Bunny came a distant second, interrupting a three-year reign at the top with 18.5 billion global streams, but that’s still good for US$74,000,000.

Here’s the full chart from Spotify.

Tay-Tay didn’t have the most-streamed album, though. That went to Bad Bunny. Here’s the Top Ten.

What about the top individual songs? Miley Cyrus wins that one.

A couple of other tidbits:

  • Indian classical music was one of the fastest-growing genres on the planet (+500% in streams)
  • Afrobeats is also hot (streams up by 550%)

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