The Year of Ed Sheeran

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Let’s have the last glimpse of what happened in 2017. It has been quite a year for pop music and its dedicated followers, that are known to gather in semi-fanatically obsessed fandoms. In 2017, the popularity of music is no longer solely measured in albums and single sales and Hot 100 chart positions. The streaming service Spotify releases a summary of the most streamed artists, songs and, albums to reveal who dominated the industry in 2017.  Besides wanting to find out who was the best and who created the best, this year brought around other musical highlights worth mentioning before we fully move on to the new year.

Back in February, the whole world stops for an entire Sunday for the annual Superbowl and its hyped-up halftime show. The latest artist to take on this incredibly prestigious job was Lady Gaga. Her stunt of jumping down into the stadium only hanging on a wire was the most memorable moment of the show viewed by 117.5 million people and thus being the second most watched halftime show.

Last year will be remembered if only due to the number of come-backs. Long awaited albums from artists such as Sam Smith, Katy Perry with her 96-hour long live stream to promote her album ‘Witness,’ Jay-Z with seven Grammy nominations for his thirteenth studio album ‘4:44’ and Ed Sheeran with his chart-dominating third album ‘÷.’

The Dawg Entertainment released two long overdue albums, one by Kendrick Lamar ‘DAMN’ that was named the best album by the Pitchfork Magazine. The second TDE artist SZA after numerous delays gave life to her debut album ‘Ctrl’ that reached No.3 on the Billboard 200. Besides her best new artist Grammy nomination, this Missouri singer and songwriter earned No.2 and No.3 spots on the best albums od 2017 list by the PItchfork and the Guardian.

Not only did Kesha win a five-year legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, but she also released a No.1 album that earned her first Grammy nomination for her track ‘Rain.’ Another comeback that was not expected was the one of Kanye West to the stage after his break from performing due to his nervous breakdown. West came back for the first time since November 2016 to join Kid Cudi on stage in Chicago.

Now, the results that you have been waiting for – who dominated the charts this year. Without a doubt, the answer is Ed Sheeran. Not only did he open the first show of the legendary ‘Total Request Live’ with chart-hitting single ‘Perfect’ that was remixed by icons like Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli. His first single ‘Shape Of You’ from ‘÷’ is the most streamed track of 2017 with over 3 billion views on Youtube. Sheeran is also crowned the most streamed artist, male artist, and album of 2017.

Take a look at the Spotify Global Year in Music 2017:

Most Streamed Artists

Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd
Kendrick Lamar
The Chainsmokers

Most Streamed Female Artists

Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande

Most Streamed Male Artists

Ed Sheeran
The Weeknd
Kendrick Lamar
Daddy Yankee

Top Five Breakout Artists

Camila Cabello
Harry Styles
Liam Payne
Lil Pump
Trippie Redd

Most Streamed Groups

Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
Linkin Park

Most Streamed Tracks

‘Shape Of You’ – Ed Sheeran
‘Despacito’ – Remix – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
‘Despacito’ – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
‘Something Just Like This’ – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
‘I’m the One’ – DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Most Streamed Albums

Divide – Ed Sheeran
More Life – Drake
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Starboy – The Weeknd
Stoney – Post Malone

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