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Music Biz: Rihanna Was the Most Streamed Female Artist on Spotify in 2017

Spotify released their year end streaming numbers and it turns out that Rihanna didn’t only dominate the fashion and beauty world in 2017.

While Ed Sheeran topped nearly all of the Spotify’s 2017 charts for the most streamed– including most streamed song (“Shape of You”) and album, Rihanna, who didn’t even release any new music this year, was the most streamed woman. That means she beat out Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Sia.

Also on the list was Drake, who came in second behind Ed Sheeran as the most streamed artist, off the strength of his project More Life. The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers rounded out the top 5 most streamed artists on Spotify for 2017. In other words, no women were in the top 5.

Still, Ri-Ri’s latest feat is a big one in a year that’s been pretty momentous. Just a few days ago, it was announced that she was honored with own street in her native Barbados, Rihanna Drive.

Most Streamed Artists
Sheeran leads with over 6.3 billion streams this year, dethroning Drake who took the top spot in 2015 and 2016. Drake is the only top 5 artist carried over from last year.
Ed Sheeran
Drake
The Weeknd
Kendrick Lamar
The Chainsmokers

Most Streamed Female Artists
For the third year in the row, Rihanna takes home the title of most streamed female artist.
Rihanna
Taylor Swift
Selena Gomez
Ariana Grande
Sia

Most Streamed Male Artists
Sheeran dominates, but for the first time Daddy Yankee claims a spot in the Top Five Most Streamed Male Artists list.
Ed Sheeran
Drake
The Weeknd
Kendrick Lamar
Daddy Yankee

Top Five Breakout Artists
2017 was a big year for artists in groups breaking out on their own to go solo: Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello and One Direction’s Harry Styles and Liam Payne hit it big on their own as the top 3 breakout artists of the year.
Camila Cabello
Harry Styles
Liam Payne
Lil Pump
Trippie Redd