Just when you thought Ed Sheeran’s 2014 couldn’t possibly get any better, it does, and he’s named the most-played artist on Spotify worldwide.
The “Thinking Out Loud” singer, 23, has whizzed past the likes of Eminem and Coldplay to take the impressive title after being heard 860 million times on the streaming service this year.
Sheeran passed the 1 million UK sales milestone for his latest album X earlier this week, which 430 million people have listened to on Spotify.
Musicians against Spotify
Musicians against Spotify
1/10 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift does not what her work to be used as an 'experiment' by Spotify and believes that artists are treated unfairly. She withdrew her entire catalogue in November 2014.
2/10 Thom Yorke
The Radiohead frontman famously described Spotify as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse' in October 2013.
3/10 David Byrne
David Byrne of Talking Heads wrote about not understanding Spotify's claim of discovery in a Guardian op-ed. 'The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left,' he said.
Beck dismissed the Spotify model as 'not working' because of how little it pays musicians. He added that the 'saddest thing' about streaming is the poor sound quality - 'It's like watching Citizen Kane on your phone'.
5/10 The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach has described Spotify's payment to artists as 'so minuscule it's laughable'. 'If you are a bigger band that's already known and you rely on record sales for a living then it's really no place to be,' he said.
6/10 Atoms for Peace
Thom Yorke's other band refused to let Spotify stream their songs. Nigel Godrich from the group described the service as 'an equation that just doesn't work'. 'Small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right,' he said.
7/10 Yannis Philippakis
The Foals singer said he would rather that somebody stole his record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. He described using Spotify as like going to a top class restaurant and leaving only coppers without paying the bill.
8/10 Aimee Mann
The US singer-songwriter has not put her music on Spotify because she does not think artists make a fair amount of money from the streaming service.
9/10 Grizzly Bear
The band tweeted in 2012 that Spotify provides a great service for people but does as much to help bands as 'downloading from Limewire'.
10/10 Jason Isbell
Jason Isbell of Drive-By Truckers has used the single word 'evil' to describe Spotify.
Coldplay are the most-played band globally with One Direction, perhaps surprisingly, in fifth place.
Spotify’s 50 million users have been listening to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams most (more than 260 million plays), while Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” is in second place and Calvin Harris’ “Summer” is third.
Katy Perry is the most played female act worldwide, while previous title holder Rihanna has now slipped from the top five to be replaced by Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé and Lorde.
Top global artists
Top global groups
Top global tracks
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams
"Rather be" - Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
"Summer" - Calvin Harris
"Dark Horse" - Katy Perry
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