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

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FILE - In this June 27, 2015 file photo, Canadian singer Drake performs on the main stage at Wireless festival in Finsbury Park, London. The current feud between Drake and Meek Mill has dominated social media, and companies like White Castle and Burger King are taking a bite out of the rap beef. The drama between the rappers started when Mill said that Drake didn’t write his verse for a song they collaborated on this year. Drake released two songs dissing Mill with “Charged Up” and the well-received “Back to Back,” where the Toronto rapper claimed Mill was riding the coattails of his girlfriend Nicki Minaj. Whataburger and Hamburger Helper have also joined the Twitter-storm, adding witty, sometimes sardonic commentary to the drama between the hip-hop performers. (Photo by Jonathan Short/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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