Adele, Taylor Swift are top streaming artists in 2018

Written by Staff Writer at CNN Adele is getting people to listen to her music. Her new song “When We Were Young” premiered on “CBS This Morning” Sunday and was immediately streamed over 200,000…

Adele, Taylor Swift are top streaming artists in 2018

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Adele is getting people to listen to her music.

Her new song “When We Were Young” premiered on “CBS This Morning” Sunday and was immediately streamed over 200,000 times on Spotify.

And the ballad, which Adele wrote while she was taking a break from recording her new album “25,” wasn’t the only notable feat to land the singer a spot on Spotify’s number one list for the year.

1 / 17 “25” – Adele’s chart-topping third album, which spawned her first ever number one single. Credit: Mikael Buck/CBS Interactive

Adele’s “25” has now reached over 24 million worldwide streams since its release in November 2017, only beating out Taylor Swift’s hit album “1989” at 25 million streams in June this year.

Swift was also no doubt pleased to see herself on the list, as “1989” was the highest-selling album of 2014, and thus, one of the most streamed albums of that year.

“My track changed the sound of what could happen. A thousand times. The iTunes charts became 100% album sales,” she said on Good Morning America in February.

On Monday, Spotify also welcomed “Coldplay” to the top 100, with their track “Up&Up” ranked fourth on the streaming service, while Grande and Bieber had only one track among the top 10.

“Coldplay’s ‘Up&Up’ was the biggest song of the year, according to Spotify, and has also been streamed over three billion times,” explained Michelle Wilson, Spotify’s president of global marketplaces, on the company’s blog.

“Ariana Grande’s ‘No Tears Left to Cry’ was streamed more than one billion times. We also see Rihanna & Drake’s collaboration ‘Work’ being played nearly 500 million times.

Bieber’s “Sorry” (No. 3 on the Spotify list) and “Despacito” (No. 8) by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber were also top 10 hits this year, while Sia was unsurprisingly the biggest artist on Spotify with 14 million streams a day.

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