Drake is 2018 world most streamed Male Artist
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Apple and Spotify are the two biggest streaming services, with more than 139 million subscribers between them.
Their “best of 2018” charts show the dominance of hip-hop, with Drake, Post Malone and late rapper XXXTentacion clocking up multiple entries.
Drake was unsurprisingly the year’s most-streamed artist after his fifth album, Scorpion, shattered streaming records in June.
He clocked up 8.2 billion streams on Spotify alone – Apple does not release comparable data – while the single God’s Plan was the most-played song in the UK and worldwide.
In My Feelings, which sparked a hugely popular viral dance challenge, was in both Apple and Spotify’s Top 10 as well.
Yet the Canadian star could not compete with The Greatest Showman, whose soundtrack was the most-streamed album on Apple Music.
Dua Lipa is the most-streamed female artist in the UK so far this year, according to figures from both Spotify and Apple Music.
Her song One Kiss, with Calvin Harris, was the second most-streamed track on both services, behind Drake’s One Plan.
Lipa’s self-titled album was the third most-streamed record in the UK, and the fourth globally, on Spotify.
The star, who won best female at this year’s Brits, has just been announced as Vogue’s January cover star.
She is expected to pick up her first Grammy nominations when the 2019 shortlist is unveiled on Friday.
PINCH ME PLEASE. A dream come true. Thank you @Edward_Enninful for bringing in your second year at @britishvogue with me as your January cover girl. I am so filled with gratitude for this and it’s a milestone I will hold so close to my heart 💕 shot by Nadine Ijewere pic.twitter.com/rj4EpGoOzz
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) 3 December 2018
Ed Sheeran, 2017’s most-streamed artist, dropped to fifth place – no mean feat considering he released no new material this year.
Ariana Grande was the most popular female artist overall, with 49 million streams on Spotify alone.
Latin music continued to grow rapidly, with J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna all breaking into the charts.
Spotify has also produced a list of the fastest-growing music genres as part of its end-of-year round-up, which has been published with four weeks still to go.