Linkin Park Among the Most Popular Artists in the World on Spotify This Week

To the surprise of no one, streams of Linkin Park’s music shot up following the news of Chester Bennington’s death. The result was that Linkin Park–a rock band–was the most popular artist in the world on Spotify. Rock bands NEVER reach that peak.

According to a streaming music data monitor called Kworb, there were 14.77 million Linkin Park streams this past Saturday. That was more than Justin Bieber (12.6 million), Quavo (10.4 million) and Daddy Yankee (9.9 million.)

And there’s more to these numbers than you might think. To keep people from gaming the system, Spotify actually puts a limit on the number of times anyone can play an individual song over 24 hours. The biggest songs? “Numb,” “Heavy” and “In the End.”

Take a look at this Spotify chart from Saturday:

SPOTIFY’S TOP 10 BIGGEST ARTISTS ON SATURDAY, JULY 22 (CHART-ELIGIBLE STREAMS)
  1. Linkin Park (14,774,401)
  2. Justin Bieber (12,617,702)
  3. Quavo (10,383,141)
  4. Daddy Yankee (9,911,016)
  5. J Balvin (9,091,179)
  6. DJ Khaled (7,725,408)
  7. Luis Fonsi (7,530,510)
  8. Ed Sheeran (6,738,871)
  9. Calvin Harris (6,059,278)
  10. Ozuna (5,702,783)

(Via Music Business Worldwide)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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