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Ed Sheeran Beats out Drake and The Weekend

Ed Sheeran Beats out Drake and The Weekend

The "Shape of You" hitmaker has enjoyed an incredibly successful year, and his single has been ranked at number one on the streaming and download music service.

Sheeran takes the top spot on Spotify's annual Year in Music list which announces the top artists, albums and tracks that have dominated the music streaming service over the past year.

Sheeran, who will perform six times in New Zealand next year, has already been named Spotify's most-streamed artist. That's pretty fantastic for an artist who didn't release an album this year!

Hip-hop star Drake came in second on Spotify in 2017 and rapper Kendrick Lamar was fourth, with R&B singer The Weeknd, a protege of Drake, placing third. There's parts of what I do that drive me completely mental, but 99.9% of the time it's fantastic!

"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", Stefan Blom, Spotify's chief content officer, said in a statement.

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And the victor for the most streamed artist on the streaming service is.

Sheeran surpassed Drake, Spotify's most-streamed artist of 2015 and 2016.

The ginger-haired pop guitarist was streamed more than any other artist in the year so far - not a surprise, considering his song "Shape of You", the fourth track on "Divide", reigns as Spotify's most streamed song ever.

After Ed in the most streamed track was Despacito (Remix) from Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber. "Congratulations to Ed on an wonderful achievement".


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