Spotify can reveal that Ed Sheeran is New Zealand’s most streamed artist of 2017 and remains the #1 most streamed artist on Spotify with 47 million monthly listeners globally.
Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) was the most streamed album of the year, both in New Zealand and worldwide, with 3.1 billion streams globally, while ‘Shape of You’ became the most streamed track of all time on Spotify, now with over 1.4 billion streams globally.
“Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer. “There is no doubt that 2017 was The Year of Ed Sheeran, and we are thrilled that so many millions of music fans have discovered, listened to, and shared his music on Spotify. Congratulations to Ed on an amazing achievement.”
Despite Ed Sheeran’s huge success this year, Hip Hop continues to play a major role in music listening in New Zealand and around the world. Overall, Hip Hop listening increased 74% over the past year globally, according to Spotify data – a significant increase, particularly considering Hip Hop’s popularity in 2016. Closer to home, rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Chris Brown make up four of New Zealand’s top five most-streamed artists, proving just how popular rap and hip hop is locally.
Globally, it was also a landmark year for Latin music – listening increased by 110%, with two Latin tracks hitting #1 on Spotify for the first time: ‘Despacito’ and ‘Mi Gente’, as well as 10 Latin songs appearing on Spotify’s Global Top 50.
Check out the full breakdown below of this year’s rankings and musical trends and head to spotify.com/2017 for the top playlists of 2017, Year in Music playlists, videos, and more.
And, in addition to Spotify’s Year in Music top lists, visitors can check out their own personalised list of their most-streamed artists and songs this year by visiting 2017wrapped.com.
SPOTIFY’S NEW ZEALAND’S YEAR IN MUSIC 2017
Ed Sheeran was both New Zealand’s and the world’s most streamed artist with over 6.3 billion streams this year, dethroning Drake who took the top spot in 2015 and 2016. In fact, Drake is the only top 5 artist carried over from last year, with Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers all new to the top 5 list of artists this year.
All data below is based on most streamed in New Zealand for 2017.
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Taking out New Zealand’s most streamed local artist of 2017 is Lorde, who released her sophomore album, Melodrama, in June 2017. It was a big year for drum and bass, dub, roots and reggae with Six60, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire and Shapeshifter rounding out New Zealand’s top five most streamed New Zealand artists of 2017.
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Spotify’s Global Year in Music for 2017
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