Trees are appearing in lounges; Mariah Carey is creeping up the charts; and the big music-streaming services are revealing their top artists and tracks of the year. It must be nearly Christmas… Yesterday saw Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio all reveal their year-end rankings.
Surprise news: Drake remains quite popular. He topped Spotify’s 2018 artist chart with 8.2bn streams this year, with his ‘Scorpion’ and ‘God’s Plan’ topping Spotify’s year-end album and track charts for good measure. Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and Ed Sheeran rounded out Spotify’s top-five artist list – another all-male lineup, although we’re told the top female artist, Ariana Grande, was inside the top 10 overall.
Drake has also been named ‘artist of the year’ on Apple Music – an award given by Apple Music editors rather than based on stream counts – with Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s ‘I Like It’ given song of the year, and Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’ gonged as album of the year.
There are charts too: Drake topped both the singles and albums rankings with ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Scorpion’ on Apple Music too. Also note: both Spotify and Apple Music picked Juice WRLD as their top breakout artist of 2018. Amazon? It says Justin Timberlake was its most-streamed artist of the year, bucking the trend thanks to his ‘Man of the Woods’ album – which was also one of its top albums. The most requested song via Alexa, meanwhile, was Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey’s ‘The Middle’. Finally, iHeartRadio says Post Malone was its top artist in th eUS, ahead of Ed Sheeran, Drake, Maroon 5 and Imagine Dragons.
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