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By David Renshaw , December 3, 2014 13:13

Ed Sheeran and Arctic Monkeys the most streamed artists among UK Spotify users in 2014


Sheeran is the most streamed artist in the world with 860m streams


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Ed Sheeran has been named as Spotify's most streamed artist of 2014 with a round up of the streaming service's data for 2014 also showing Arctic Monkeys are the second most popular act among UK users.


2014EdSheeran_Getty453701416_180814.jpgOfficial Spotify data shows that Sheeran's second album 'x' was streamed 430m times by their users in 2014, making up half of his 860m streams in total. It is estimated that 50 million Spotify users listen to over seven billion hours of music in the past 12 months.


Arctic Monkeys were the second most popular act in the UK behind Sheeran with Eminem, Sam Smith andColdplay making for an all-male top five. Globally, the most popular artists were Sheeran plus Eminem, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith and Katy Perry.


2014 saw Katy Perry take the crown of most popular female artist on Spotify from Rihanna – who has held the title consecutively for the previous two years. Her single 'Dark Horse' spent 11 weeks at #1 on Spotify’s US Top 50 chart, the longest run at the top of the chart in 2014. She finished ahead of Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Beyoncé and Lorde.


Pharrell Williams hit single 'Happy', first released in 2013, was the most streamed track in the world in 2014 on Spotify, with over 260m plays.


See the full break down of Spotify data below:


Most streamed artists in UK


1. Ed Sheeran

2. Arctic Monkeys

3. Eminem

4. Sam Smith

5. Coldplay


Most streamed tracks in UK


1. Clean Bandit – 'Rather Be'

2. Pharrell Williams – 'Happy'

3. Mr. Probz – 'Waves' (Robin Schulz Radio Edit)

4. John Legend – 'All Of Me'

5. Sam Smith – 'Stay With Me'


Most streamed albums in UK


1. Ed Sheeran – 'x'

2. Sam Smith – 'In The Lonely Hour'

3. George Ezra – 'Wanted On Voyage'

4. Iggy Azalea – 'The New Classic'

5. Pharrell Williams – 'G I R L'


Global Results


Top Five Global Artists


1. Ed Sheeran

2. Eminem

3. Coldplay

4. Calvin Harris

5. Katy Perry


Top Five Global Males


1. Ed Sheeran

2. Eminem

3. Calvin Harris

4. Avicii

5. David Guetta


Top Five Global Females


1.Katy Perry

2. Ariana Grande

3. Lana Del Rey

4. Beyoncé

5. Lorde


Top Five Global Groups


1. Coldplay

2. Imagine Dragons

3. Maroon 5

4. OneRepublic

5. One Direction


Top Five Global Tracks


1. Pharrell Williams – 'Happy'

2. Clean Bandit – 'Rather Be'

3. Calvin Harris – 'Summer'

4. Katy Perry – 'Dark Horse'

5. John Legend – 'All Of Me'


Top 5 Global Albums


1. Ed Sheeran – 'x'

2. Sam Smith – 'In The Lonely Hour'

3. Iggy Azalea – 'The New Classic'

4. Pharrell Williams – 'G I R L'

5. Ariana Grande – 'My Everything'






Read more at http://www.nme.com/news/arctic-monkeys/81509#lQ1vm8gxZV0RWbA4.99

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And Forbes Magazine had this to say:


Full link - http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2014/12/03/ed-sheeran-is-the-worlds-most-streamed-artist-of-2014/


would not let me post full arcticle - too many vids?


"Coldplay, whose sixth album Ghost Stories also came out this summer, hold the distinction of being the world’s most streamed group, beating out Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, OneRepublic, and even One Direction, who shockingly come in fifth, despite an immensely dedicated and young following."

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