Drake is Spotify’s most streamed artist of the year globally

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, Drake performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. Spotify announced its end-of-the-year list Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, and said Drake was the most streamed artist of the year globally, earning 1.8 billion streams in 2015. Rihanna was the year’s most streamed female performer with 1 billion streams, while Major Lazer’s ubiquitous hit, “Lean On,” was the most streamed song of the year with 540 million streams. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Spotify users are clearly listening to Drake. The rapper was the most streamed artist of the year globally.

Spotify announced its end-of-the-year list Tuesday and said Drake earned 1.8 billion streams in 2015. Rihanna was the year’s most streamed female performer with 1 billion streams, while Major Lazer’s ubiquitous hit, “Lean On,” was the most streamed song of the year with 540 million streams.

The Weeknd’s breakout album, “Beautify Behind the Madness,” was the most streamed album of the year, beating Drake’s “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” which was No. 2.

Ed Sheeran, who was the top streaming artist last year, is second behind Drake. The Weeknd, Maroon 5 and Kanye West round out the top five.

In the United States, Drake topped the list of most streamed artists, followed by the Weeknd, West, Sheeran and Eminem. Drake’s “If You’re Reading This” also topped the U.S. albums list, while Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” was the most streamed song in America.

In Spotify’s all-time lists, Sheeran is the most streamed act with more than 3 billion streams; Justin Bieber has the record for most streams in a day with 36 million streams; and Major Lazer’s “Lean On,” which features MO and DJ Snake, is the leading song.

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