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Ed Sheeran named Spotify's 'Most Streamed Artist of the Year'

The world's biggest streaming platform, Spotify has released its 'most streamed list' of 2017 with British singer, Ed Sheeran emerging the ‘most streamed artist’ in the United Kingdom (UK).

Billboard reports that the 'Perfect' crooner racked up a total of 6.3billion streams worldwide in 2017 with his hit song, 'Shape of You' garnering an impressive 1.4billion streams and his album, 'Divide' becoming the most streamed album with a total of 3.1billion streams.

Sheeran edged the likes of Drake and The Weeknd who came in second and third respectively with Kendrick Lamar (4th) and The Chainsmokers (5th) completing the top 5.

Spotify's CEO, Stefan Blom congratulated Ed Sheeran, stating that the 26-year old absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide.

Blom said;

"Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide".

"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".

On the individual songs list, Luis Fonsi's ‘Despacito remix’ featuring Justin Bieber came in second to 'Shape of You' with the original version of the song following closely behind in third.

DJ Khaled's 'I'm the One' featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne as well as The Chainsmokers' ‘Something Just Like This' featuring Coldplay rounded off the top 5.

Surprisingly, Albanian-born singer, Dua Lip ruled the female category for the most streamed artist with her album, 'New Rules' racking up a total of 464million streams worldwide in 2017.

Dua Lip was followed closely by Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Beyonce who all completed the top 5.

 

Congratulations to Ed Sheeran and Dua Lip!

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