Drake becomes first artist to hit 50 billion Spotify streams

Hip Hop, Music News, News

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Drake has become the first artist ever to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify.

The Toronto rapper is one of the streaming service’s most popular artists, with his 2018 song ‘God’s Plan’ racking up 1.67 billion streams alone.

The Chart Data website, which keeps regular tabs on chart movements and streaming figures, has now announced that Drake has surpassed 50 billion combined streams (including featured credits) on Spotify.

The independent music data website ChartMasters backs this claim up, calculating that Drake has clocked up 35.72 billion streams of his own songs and 14.30 billion streams of “featured streams” (such as tracks he has guested on), taking his combined total to just over 50 billions streams on Spotify.

A huge milestone for one of the biggest artists in music.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Annual UK streaming volume grew by its biggest amount EVER in 2020

Music News, News, UK Music

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Annual growth in music streaming volume in the United Kingdom was widely expected to slow down in 2020. Instead, driven by the pandemic lockdown, it sped up – in a big way.

According to new BPI statistics analyzed by Music Business Worldwide, the UK played host to 139.3bn audio streams across the 12 months of last year.

That was up by 25.1bn on the UK’s total audio streaming volume in 2019, which stood at 114.2bn.

2020, therefore, saw the UK’s biggest ever annual growth in audio streaming volume.

The reason many believed the UK’s total audio streaming volume growth would slow in 2020 is simple: it’s a mature streaming market, having welcomed Spotify’s back in 2009, two years before the US.

As a result, annual growth in streaming subscription revenue has been slowing in the UK of late: in 2019 – according to stats from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) – the UK’s total spend on streaming subscriptions grew by £190.9m year-on-year, which was down on the £210.1m annual growth seen in 2018, and down on the £195.3m growth seen in 2017.

Some positive news for the UK Music industry which has undoubtedly been shook by the global pandemic.

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Spotify reveals its most streamed artists of 2020

Music News, New Release, News, pop, Pop Music

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Billie Eilish, The Weeknd and Bad Bunny are among Spotify‘s most-streamed artists of 2020.

In its annual Wrapped data, the streaming platform revealed this morning (December 1) that its most streamed artist of 2020 is Bad Bunny, with more than 8.2 billion streams globally this year.

Following on the heels of the Puerto Rican pop star are Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD and The Weeknd, in that order.

Bad Bunny also bagged himself the most-streamed album globally, with his second studio album ‘YHLQMDLG’ garnering 3.3 billion streams in 2020. The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’, Post Malone’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’. Harry Styles’ ‘Fine Line’ and Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ round out the Top 5.

Billie Eilish topped the list for most-streamed female artist of 2020 for the second year in a row. Behind her comes Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande at two and three, while Dua Lipa and Halsey sit at four and five.

The most-streamed song of the year goes to The Weeknd for ‘Blinding Lights’, with almost 1.6 billion streams globally. Tones And I‘s ‘Dance Monkey’ and Roddy Rich‘s ‘The Box’ arrive in second and third respectively. The fourth most-streamed song is ‘Roses – Imanbek Remix’ by Imanbek and SAINt JHN, with Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ at five.

An interesting roundup from one of the world’s largest streaming services, were you surprised by the lineup?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Musicians Union launches ‘Justice at Spotify’ Campaign

Music News, News, UK Music

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The United Musicians and Allied Workers Union (UMAW) have started a new campaign titled ‘Justice at Spotify’ which, among other goals, is demanding that the platform raise its average streaming royalty from $.0038 USD to a penny per stream for all artists.

“One of Spotify’s core goals is to give ‘a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art’. Yet, to generate a single dollar on the platform, a song needs to be streamed 263 times,” organisers explained on the campaign’s website.

At the time of writing, over 4,000 artists have signed the UMAW’s petition – which you can do here. According to UMAW’s site, musicians including Thurston Moore, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Frankie Cosmos, Deerhoof, Julianna Barwick, JD Samson, DIIV, Alex Somers, Zola Jesus and more have all thrown their support behind the campaign.

This comes after the Uk Government announced an inquiry into streaming services to deduce whether artists are truly getting a fair slice of the pie.

What do you make of streaming services? Are artists getting enough?

Reported By: Jessica Rowe

Anna Madsen returns with ‘Whisper’ and new tour dates

Acoustic, Punk, Singer-Songwriter, Uncategorized

The New England Music award nominee is back with her second studio album ‘Whisper’ coupled with announcing brand new tour dates throughout April and May.

As well as her songwriter of the year nomination at the New England awards, Madsen has enjoyed recognition since appearing on Britain ITV’s ‘Christmas Carol’ leading to support from BBC Radio 2 and appearing on Spotify’s hot list UK’s playlist.

Musically, Anna has drawn comparisons to Lana Del Ray. Some calling her a ‘Del Ray, Kate Bush and Enya’ hybrid. Some praise of course but essentially it’s her unique background that sets her apart.

Growing up in Utah, it was her Mormon heritage that has shaped the singer-songwriter’s light, classic romanticism picking up her love of music in the church.

‘Whisper’ is her second full length album, released which follows 2016’s Efforescence and is a classic soundtrack of her own distinctive absorbing story-telling.

A long with this is she has announced her European tour, taking in three venues in London as well as St. Helens, Portadawe in Wales and Spain.

Tour dates:

21 April – Pontardawe Arts Centre, Pontardawe, Wales

22 April – The Citadel, St Helens, England

23 April – The Acoustic Folk Highway @ the Harrison, London, England

27 April – BBC Club, London, England

29 April – (TBC)

01 May – Barcelona City Radio, Barcelona, Spain

04 May – Madrid, Spain (TBC)

06 May – O2, London, England