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Spotify Reveals the 2017’s Biggest Artists, Albums, Songs and Trends

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Today, Spotify reveals its annual Year in Music lists, showing the top artists, albums, tracks and moments that made 2017 such an amazing year for music fans.

Spotify can reveal that Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist of 2017 globally, and remains the #1 most streamed artist on Spotify with 45 million monthly listeners. Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) was the most streamed album of the year worldwide with 3.1 billion streams, and ‘Shape of You’ became the most streamed track of all time on Spotify, now with over 1.4 billion streams. In addition, Rihanna is named the most streamed female artist for third year in a row; Eason Chan is named to Hong Kong’s top artist for second year in a row. 

Hong Kong Top Female Artist – Joey Yung

“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 around the world. Overall, Hip Hop listening increased 74% over the past year according to Spotify data – a significant increase, particularly considering Hip Hop’s popularity in 2016. 

In what was a landmark year for Latin music, its 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. ‘Despacito – Remix’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber was named Spotify’s ‘Song of the Summer,’ showing the culture’s reach. Yankee also held the #1 position on Spotify in July — a first for a Latin artist. 

Hong Kong Top Male Artist – Eason Chan

Apart from that, the K-Pop genre also saw tremendous growth, in 2017, globally. The number of streams of K-Pop tracks within the K-Pop Hub have grown by 63% year-on- year. 

Check out the full breakdown below of this year’s rankings and musical trends and head 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 personalized list of their most-streamed artists and songs this year by visiting

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