59 - Drake and Rihanna: The King and Queen of Spotify in 2016

December 15, 2016 2 min read

About This Episode:

Spotify, the music streaming service that puts the world’s music at your fingertips, reveals the songs and artists that took the world by storm in 2016.


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Last year, we got the party started with “Uptown Funk” and saw some exciting new artists like the The Weekend breakthrough hits. This year, some big players topped the charts like Drake, Rihanna and Justin Bieber - but what did America listen to?


In this interview, SHANON COOK, Spotify Trends Expert, will discuss the year’s top artists and tracks, musical trendsand streaming milestones.


Year in Music categories that Spotify will reveal include:

-           Top streamed artist

-           Top streamed male artist

-           Top streamed female artist

-           Top streamed song of 2016

-           Top streamed album

-           Most popular playlists


Spotify’s 100 million global listeners streamed billions of hours of music in 2016, which gives Spotify endless insight into the songs, artists and trends that resonated with users. For each category, Spotify will name the global winner and the winner by country, so viewers can compare their musical tastes with the rest of the world. 




ABOUT SHANON: Shanon Cook is the Spotify trends expert for TV, radio and online and formerly a CNN music and entertainment reporter. During her career she’s interviewed many of the world’s top entertainers, including Sting, Annie Lennox, Kanye West, Paul Rudd, Heidi Klum, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Claire Danes, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., Duran Duran, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick Jr. and Yo-Yo Ma. For more than ten years her reports have broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries on CNN International and in the U.S. on CNN and HLN... Shanon’s foray into entertainment journalism began when she was a producer and reporter for CNN International’s weekly program “The Music Room,” which featured popular bands and artists. She served as the daily entertainment reporter on HLN’s Robin Meade program, now known as Morning Express with Robin Meade and has contributed to BBC America and Billboard Magazine.

ABOUT SPOTIFY: Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to over 30 million tracks. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever you are. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.


Spotify is now available in 60 markets globally with more than 100 million active users*, and over 40 million paying subscribers**.


Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than US$5bn to rights holders. Spotify is the biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally. www.spotify.com

Further Information

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