Ed Sheeran tops Spotify most streamed artist list for 2017

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Ed Sheeran, performing in Los Angeles in August, has logged 6.3 billion streams on Spotify this year.

Spotify shared the numbers and there's no denying it: Ed Sheeran's album ÷ (Divide) 3.1 billion times, and his song "Shape of You" is the most streamed track of all time, with 1.4 billion streams.

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Ed Sheeran suffered a set back this week when he did not make the cut for Grammy Award nominations in the categories of best album, best song and record.

Overall Sheeran was the most-streamed artist on Spotify, with 47m monthly listeners. We'll see what extremes 2018 pushes us to.

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The most played track on Spotify in Australia over the a year ago was "Shape Of You", closely followed by legit banger "Despacito" and Kendrick Lamar's 'HUMBLE'.

Grime and urban music continued to gain momentum in the United Kingdom with Stormzy's Gang Signs & Prayer the fourth most listened to album in the country with 123,324,334 streams - only beaten by ÷ by Sheeran, More Life by Drake and Starboy by The Weeknd. Despite Ed's triumph, the Swedish-based streaming service noted that hip hop continues to play a major role in the streaming world, with an increase of 74 percent over the previous year.

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