Ed Sheeran was named the most globally streamed artist of 2017 on Spotify’s newly-released Year in Music lists. The Grammy-winning British singer-songwriter also remains the No. 1 most streamed artist on Spotify, garnering 47 million monthly listeners.
Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated third studio album ÷ (Divide) ranked as the Most Streamed Album of the year with 3.1 billion streams and its infectious lead single, “Shape of You,” set a record as Spotify’s most streamed track of all time with 1.4 billion plays. Overall, the “Castle on the Hill” singer enjoyed massive, record-breaking success with the album. Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom declared 2017 as “The Year of Ed Sheeran” in a statement and he’s right.
Divide and “Shape of You” topped the charts in multiple countries. In its first week, 10 of Divide’s tracks held a spot in the UK Top 10 Singles Chart. At one point, all 16 tracks of the Divide Deluxe album held the Top 16 spots on the Irish Singles Chart. "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill" broke global streaming records within 24 hours of their dual release. The video for "Shape of You" has notably pulled in more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube. Sheeran's most recent single, “Perfect,” is currently No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and Divide holds the No. 4 spot on the UK Albums Chart.
Sheeran is also the Most Streamed Male on Spotify’s 2017 ranking, with Rihanna being the platform’s Most Streamed Female. The rest of Spotify’s Top 5 albums rank as follows: Drake More Life at No. 2, Kendrick Lamar Damn at No. 3, The Weeknd Starboy at No. 4 and Post Malone Stoney at No. 5.
Sheeran notably picked up two more Grammy nominations for Divide with nods for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Shape of You.” He recently released a “Perfect” remix as a duet with Beyoncé. He is touring to support Divide in a 2018 stadium tour. Click here for a list of AXS-ticketed Ed Sheeran shows.