Ed Sheeran also continues to dominate the service

By Alex Heigl
Updated December 01, 2015 12:25 PM
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Congratulations are in order for Drake and Rihanna, the two most-streamed artists on Spotify in 2015.

The streaming music giant released its 2015 roundup on Tuesday, and the results are an interesting snapshot of how the music industry is functioning in 2015.

Everyone’s favorite ball of Canadian sensitivity, Drake, was the most streamed artist on the platform globally, with over 1.8 billion streams in 2015 and 46 million listeners.

Rihanna, who didn’t even get around to releasing an album this year (well, not yet) was the platform’s most streamed female artist in 2015, with over a billion streams and 57 million listeners.

In other news, Justin Bieber set a single-day record on Nov. 13 (the day Purpose came out) with 36 million streams. But neither he, Drake, nor Rihanna claimed the most-streamed song of 2015, which was “Lean On,” by Major Lazer. That little guy notched over 540 million times this year.

Album-wise, the most-listened-to full length of the year was The Weeknd‘s Beauty Behind the Madness, followed shortly by Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

But no one managed to topple Ed Sheeran’s stranglehold on Spotify. Sheeran was the platform’s most-played artist in 2014, and this year, he nabbed the “most-played artist of all time” spot, with over 3 billion streams to date and 59 million listeners in 2015.

Of course, with the way Spotify’s royalty rate breaks down (it can be as low as $.00408 per play), that will probably come out to be juuuuust enough for a new 2015 Toyota Camry. So, congrats, Ed!