Spotify was founded by 23-year-old Daniel Ek in April 2006 but didn’t go live until October 7, 2018, meaning it’s just ten years old as an active streaming service. Add in Apple Music (launched June 30, 2015), and YouTube (est. February 14, 2005) and we have almost endless choice in the streaming space.
So who is the most-streamed artist? It depends on the platform.
So which artists have benefited most? Digital Music News reports this on the top global artists on Spotify:
- Drake, 23 billion streams
- Ed Sheeran, 16.76 billion
- The Weeknd, 16.50 billion
- Rihanna, 12.85 billion
- Eminem, 12.50 billion
- Ariana Grande, 11.8 billion
- Justin Bieber, 10.44 billion
- Coldplay, 10.17 billion
- Post Malone, 9.90 billion
- Kanye West, 9.82 billion
Now let’s switch to Apple Music–which, by the way, doesn’t provide actual streaming totals.
- Kendrick Lamar
- Taylor Swift
- Ed Sheeran
- The Weeknd.
- J. Cole
- Bruno Mars
- Post Malone
Note the different in the two lists. This points to different user bases and streaming preferences.
Finally, there’s YouTube, which is a different beast altogether because of the video component.
- Luis Fonsi, “Despacito,” 6.2 billion views
- Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You,” 4.2 billion
- Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again,” 4.1 billion
- Mark Ronson, “Uptown Funk,” 3.5 billion
- Masha and the Bear, “Recipe for Disaster,” 3.5 billion
- Psy, “Gangnam Style,” 3.3 billion
- Justin Bieber, “Sorry,” 3.1 billion
- Maroon 5, “Sugar,” 2.9 billion
- Katy Perry, “Roar,” 2.8 billion
- Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off,” 2.7 billion.
Loads more stats here.