Drake ruled 2016 hands down and there is no argument about that because numbers don’t lie, just asked Spotify.
While hip hop journalists and fans debate on whether or not Drake should be placed in the top 5 rappers of all-time. The Toronto emcee has one of the biggest rap albums of the last 15 years with his landmark LP “VIEWS.” Spotify just released some numbers for 2016 and he is the most streamed artist on the platform and has the most streamed song and most streamed album.
“VIEWS” has been streamed over 3 billion times on Spotify and his song “One Dance” featuring Kyla and Wizkid, off the project has been streamed more than half a billion times. Collectively Drake has close to 5 billion streams this year on the most popular music streaming service. His collaborative single “Work” with Rihanna was also named the fourth most streamed song this year.
“Drake has been unstoppable this year – he’s a true global superstar,” Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content & Chief Strategy Officer, said about Drake. “With the top album and the top song this year, as well as his successful ‘Summer Sixteen Tour,’ Drake continues to engage his fans in a way that only Drake can; it’s no surprise he is dominating the music industry.
Drizzy ex-girlfriend Rihanna is the second most streamed artist this year and is the top streaming female artist with her album “ANTI” coming in at third place behind Justin Bieber’s “Purpose.”
MOST STREAMED MALE ARTISTS
2. Justin Bieber
3. Twenty One Pilots
4. Kanye West
MOST STREAMED FEMALE ARTISTS
2. Ariana Grande
5. Fifth Harmony
TOP 5 BREAKOUT ARTISTS
5. Rob $tone
MOST STREAMED SONGS
1. “One Dance” (feat. WizKid and Kyla) – Drake
2. “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” – Seeb Remix – Mike Posner
3. “Don’t Let Me Down” (feat. Daya) – The Chainsmokers
4. “Work” (feat. Drake) – Rihanna
5. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia
MOST STREAMED ALBUMS
1. Views – Drake
2. Purpose – Justin Bieber
3. ANTI – Rihanna
4. Blurryface – Twenty One Pilots
5. Beauty Behind The Madness – The Weeknd