Spotify reveals its most-played artists of 2017

Spotify reveals its most-played artists of 2017

It's that happy time of year when streaming overlord Spotify gazes deep into its data to reveal how many times we've listened to Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" over the last year (spoiler: it's a lot). His effort has already been streamed 3.1 billion times, while lead track "Shape of You" has been streamed 1.4 billion times.

Stefan Blom, Spotify's chief content officer, said: "Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide. Congratulations to Ed on an awesome achievement". Trailing behind Ed was Drake, who is the most streamed artist of 2015 and 2016.

Grime and urban music continued to gain momentum in the United Kingdom with Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer the fourth most listened to album in the country with 123,324,334 streams - only beaten by ÷ by Sheeran, More Life by Drake and Starboy by The Weeknd. The Chainsmokers nabbed the fifth rank.

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Overall Sheeran was the most-streamed artist on Spotify, with 47m monthly listeners.

Meanwhile, Spotify noted the continued growth of hip-hop in the streaming world, with an increase of 74% over the previous year.

Despacito remix by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankees was the second most streamed song and the original version was the third most streamed song.

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