Drake didn’t quite get a clean sweep of the streaming services’ end-of-2018 charts: Justin Timberlake was Amazon Music’s top artist, for example, while SoundCloud’s rankings were headed by Juice WRLD.
Now Vevo has released its end-of-year rankings, with Maroon 5 the big winners. The band were the most-viewed artist globally through the music-video company’s distribution channels, generating 1.6bn views globally – this is just from new videos released this year, rather than the back catalogue. Their ‘Girls Like You’ was also the most-watched Vevo video of 2018 with 1.3bn views globally, ahead of Becky G and Natti Natasha’s ‘Sin Pijama’ (1.1bn) and Drake’s ‘God’s Plan’ (887m). Overall, Vevo tracked more than 260bn video views so far in 2018, averaging 24bn views a month. Note, this is actually a decline from 2017, when Vevo said it was generating more than 25bn monthly views globally. The company shut down its owned-and-operated site and apps in May.