Drake is first artist to earn 10 billion streams in a 12 months, whereas whole on-demand streams totaled 901 billion in 2018 — up 43 %.

Drake was the king of streaming in 2018, as he completed the 12 months because the most-streamed artist within the U.S., in keeping with Nielsen Music. The celebrity collected 11.13 billion on-demand streams for his catalog of songs (in each audio and video streams) — a yearly file for an artist, surpassing his personal file of 6.four billion in 2017.

Drake can also be the primary act to earn 10 billion streams for his songs in a calendar 12 months.

Drake’s streaming haul represented 1.2 % of whole streams throughout all artists in all genres. In whole, 901 billion on-demand streams had been registered in 2018 — up 42.6 % over 2017.

Drake’s streams had been fueled significantly by the success of his album Scorpion, which generated four.57 billion on-demand audio streams — the most-streamed album of 2018. (Meanwhile, the set’s songs collected one other 1.76 billion in on-demand video streams.)

R&B/HIP-HOP DOMINATES STREAMING: The mixed style of R&B/hip-hop continues to be the heaviest hitter on streaming providers, with the style accounting for 30 % of all on-demand streams in 2018 (267.four billion clicks of the 901 billion whole).

The second-largest style in 2018 streaming was rock music, with a 14.2 % share of the market (127.5 billion streams).

Overall on-demand audio streams vaulted 49 % to 611 billion, whereas on-demand video streams surged 30 % to 290 billion.

RAP RULES AMONG MOST-STREAMED ARTISTS: Following Drake on the listing of the most-streamed acts of 2018 are eight extra hip-hop acts: Post Malone (7.51 billion), XXXTentacion (6.91 billion), Eminem (four.82 billion), YoungBoy Never Broke Again (four.46 billion), Migos (four.17 billion), Travis Scott (four.01 billion), Cardi B (three.99 billion) and Lil Baby (three.32 billion). Rounding out the highest 10 most-streamed acts of 2018 is pop celebrity Ariana Grande, with three.28 billion clicks.

“GOD’S PLAN” IS YEAR’S MOST-STREAMED SONG: Drake’s smash single “God’s Plan” finishes 2018 because the most-streamed music of the 12 months, because it collected 1.566 billion on-demand audio and video streams — a calendar-year file for a music. It was one in all 4 titles to surpass 1 billion streams in 2018, up from only a single billion-streamer in 2017 (Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” that includes Justin Bieber, with 1.32 billion).

The high 10 most-streamed songs of 2018 had been unsurprisingly dominated by hip-hop titles, with Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” being the one non-hip-hop effort within the area (at No. 9, with 797.27 million streams).

Nielsen Music’s 2018 monitoring 12 months ran from Dec. 29, 2017, by Jan. three, 2019. Due to a quirk within the calendar, there have been 53 weeks in 2018 as a substitute of the standard 52. So for 2018 quantity comparisons to 2017, a corresponding 53-week interval is utilized by Nielsen Music for 2017: Dec. 30, 2016 by Jan. four, 2018. Numbers on this story are rounded.

TOP 10 MOST STREAMED SONGS OF 2018 IN U.S., ON-DEMAND AUDIO & VIDEO COMBINED
Rank Artist, Title Streams
1 Drake, "God's Plan" 1,565,711,000
2 Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams" 1,107,289,000
three Drake, "In My Feelings" 1,100,534,000
four XXXTentacion, "Sad!" 1,026,294,000
5 Post Malone that includes Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho" 924,496,000
6 Post Malone that includes 21 Savage, "Rockstar" 905,440,000
7 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 873,494,000
eight Drake, "Nice for What" 844,403,000
9 Ed Sheeran, "Perfect" 797,274,000
10 BlocBoy JB that includes Drake, "Look Alive" 766,073,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the monitoring interval Dec. 29, 2017 by Jan. three, 2019.

 

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2018 IN U.S., AUDIO-ONLY
Rank Artist, Title Streams
1 Drake, "God's Plan" 917,872,000
2 Post Malone that includes Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho" 594,516,000
three Drake, "Nice for What" 576,214,000
four Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams" 572,972,000
5 XXXTentacion, "Sad!" 565,324,000
6 Post Malone that includes 21 Savage, "Rockstar" 525,971,000
7 Drake, "In My Feelings" 522,591,000
eight BlocBoy JB that includes Drake, "Look Alive" 522,155,000
9 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 508,202,000
10 Travis Scott, "Sicko Mode" 479,509,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the monitoring interval Dec. 29, 2017 by Jan. three, 2019.

 

TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2018 IN U.S., VIDEO-ONLY  
Rank Artist, Title Streams
1 Drake, "God's Plan" 647,839,000
2 Drake, "In My Feelings" 577,943,000
three Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams" 534,317,000
four XXXTentacion, "Sad!" 460,970,000
5 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee that includes Justin Bieber, "Despacito" 422,743,000
6 Maroon 5 that includes Cardi B, "Girls Like You" 415,292,000
7 Camila Cabello that includes Young Thug, "Havana" 399,510,000
eight Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up" 398,445,000
9 Post Malone that includes 21 Savage, "Rockstar" 379,468,000
10 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 365,292,000
Source: Nielsen Music, for the monitoring interval Dec. 29, 2017 by Jan. three, 2019.

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