Pop music’s most famous ginger beat out two of Canada’s biggest exports to land the honour of Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2017.
“Shape of You” by once-homeless couch surfer Ed Sheeran was not only the year’s biggest hit on the service, thanks to its over 1.4 billion plays, the track is also now the most-streamed song ever on the wildly popular platform.
Add the 3.1 billion streams for Sheeran’s album ÷ (which “Shape of You” is from), and the English singer managed to edge out both Drake and the Weeknd (that’s not a typo—it’s how his stage name is spelled) as Spotify’s number-one male artist.
Taking the number two to five spots for most-streamed songs of 2017 were separate versions of “Despacito” (the remix by featuring Justin Bieber and the original by Luis Fonsi, “Something Just Like This” (a collabo between Coldplay and the Chainsmokers), and DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One”.
Coldplay nudged out the Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5 to become Spotify’s most-streamed band, while Rihanna topped Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez to become the most-streamed female musician.
In vaguely related news "My Pal Foot Foot" by the Shaggs continues to be about 882 plays short of 1,000 on Spotify, this despite having one of the greatest opening drums solos of all time. Check out both "Shape of You" and the Wiggins sisters' lo-fi classic below.