Spotify’s year in music reveals the tracks and artists that rocked 2014.
With less than four weeks left in 2014, Spotify has unveiled the list of tracks and artists that took the past year by storm. English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran who will be making his way to Malaysia next March, holds the title of 2014’s most streamed artist and most streamed album for “x”, his second studio album.
The “Give Me Love” singer is crowned the most streamed artist of 2014 as his tracks were listened to more than 860 million times across the globe this year on Spotify. His second studio album, “x” which was released in June was streamed over 430 million times by fans and listeners alike.
In Malaysia, British rock band Coldplay was the most streamed artist of 2014, narrowly beating out Sheeran who takes the second spot. However, Sheeran takes the top spot for the most streamed album with “x” while Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter Jay Chou tops the streaming charts as the most streamed Asian artist. The track with the highest number of streams among Malaysian music fans is ‘Rude’ by Magic!
This past year also saw Katy Perry take the crown from Rihanna, who held the title of the most streamed female artist on Spotify consecutively for the past two years. Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” spent 11 weeks at #1 on Spotify’s US Top 50 chart, the longest run at the top of the chart in 2014. Mr. Happy, Pharrell Williams, united fans around the world with his highly contagious and super joyful track, “Happy” which was the most streamed track in the world in 2014 on spotify with over 260 million plays.
“2014 has been a fantastic year for music fans with a vibrant mix of Asian and global artists topping the end-of-year Spotify charts,” said Sunita Kaur, Managing Director (Asia), Spotify. “Spotify’s Year in Music is a great way for music fans to look back on their favourite tunes of the year and discover new tracks and playlists.”
Steve Savoca, Head of Content, Spotify added: “This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify. Over fifty million dedicated music fans listened to more than 7 billion listening hours in 2014 alone. We’re extremely proud that Spotify allows music fans to discover, enjoy and share a world of new music, while helping artists reach new audiences.”
He added “Huge congratulations to Ed Sheeran on achieving most-streamed album on Spotify for the wildly successful x, and also for earning the overall most streamed artist of 2014 thanks to his dedicated fans on Spotify.”
Ed Sheeran said: ‘“It’s a great thing to be above so many amazing artists who I’d assume would be streamed more than me!”
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