Gotye feat. Kimbra’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ was the most-streamed track globally, while David Guetta’s ‘Nothing But The Beat’ was the most-streamed album. Rihanna and Guetta were the most-streamed female and male artists, while Coldplay were the most-streamed band.
There’s an irony here: the most-streamed female artist and band both kept their last albums off Spotify when they went on sale elsewhere, with high-profile holdouts Adele and Taylor Swift also the third and eighth most-streamed female artists respectively for the year.
Meanwhile, Spotify released a top-10 chart of the most popular apps on its platform in 2012: entirely startups/discovery apps, rather than artist apps: TuneWiki, Soundrop, We Are Hunted, Last.fm, Pitchfork, Digstr, MusiXmatch, Billboard, Filtr and Moodagent.