Every year, Spotify initiates the year-end campaign WRAPPED to take stock of the most popular music consumed that year, both globally and in isolated markets. Following the release of its Singapore findings, in which Jay Chou took the crown as the most streamed artist, the platform has revealed which artists commanded the most streams internationally. The numbers should not surprise you.
Drake, who has spent 2018 as an omnipresent, if not omnipotent, force, is the most streamed artist in the world. But that's not where his honours end: With 8.2 billion streams, he is also Spotify's most streamed artist of all time. With 'God's Plan', he also has the honour of the year's most streamed song, off the year's most streamed album Scorpion.
Other world-toppers include Ariana Grande (most streamed female artist) and Imagine Dragons (most streamed group).
Check out the full list of findings from the Spotify newsroom below.
Most-Streamed Female Artists
God’s Plan – Drake
SAD! – XXXTENTACION
rockstar (feat. 21 Savage) – Post Malone
Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Post Malone
In My Feelings – Drake
Scorpion – Drake
beerbongs & bentleys – Post Malone
? – XXXTENTACION
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
÷ – Ed Sheeran