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Ed Sheeran is Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2017

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What Ed Sheeran lacks in Grammy nominations he more than makes up for with Spotify streams.

On Tuesday, the music service said the “Perfect” singer was the most-streamed artist of 2017, beating Drake, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and The Chainsmokers. The British crooner’s jam “Shape of You” was the top track (1.4 billion streams) and his studio LP ÷ was the top album (3.1 billion streams). Sheeran also holds the crown as Spotify’s No. 1 streaming artist ever, boasting 47 million listeners.

“There is no doubt that 2017 was The Year of Ed Sheeran,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s chief content officer, “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.”

As for female music stars, Rihanna beat Taylor Swift, whose catalog returned to the streaming service in June, the same day Katy Perry dropped her Witness album. Swift held her new album reputation from streaming services until Dec. 1, three weeks after its release. No female singers cracked the top five of most-streamed artists.

When it comes to genres, the year belonged to hip-hop, listening of which increased 74 percent over the past year, while streaming of Latin music increased 110 percent, no doubt fueled by the popularity of “Despacito.”

See Spotify’s 2017 rankings below, and visit 2017wrapped.com for a personalized list of your most-streamed artists and songs of the year. 

Most-Streamed Artists
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Weeknd
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. The Chainsmokers

Most-Streamed Female Artists
1. Rihanna
2. Taylor Swift
3. Selena Gomez
4. Ariana Grande
5. Sia

Most-Streamed Male Artists
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Drake
3. The Weeknd
4. Kendrick Lamar
5. Daddy Yankee

Top Five Breakout Artists
1. Camila Cabello
2. Harry Styles
3. Liam Payne
4. Lil Pump
5. Trippie Redd

Most-Streamed Groups
1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. Linkin Park
5. Migos

Most-Streamed Tracks
1. “Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
2. “Despacito – Remix” – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
3. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
4. “Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
5. “I’m the One” – DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

Most-Streamed Albums
1. Divide – Ed Sheeran
2. More Life – Drake
3. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
4. Starboy – The Weeknd
5. Stoney – Post Malone