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Ed Sheeran most streamed on Spotify

Ed Sheeran is on top of the world after he became the most-played artist on music-streaming service Spotify globally, beating the likes of Eminem and Coldplay.

The singer and guitarist, who this week passed the million UK sales barrier for his second album x, was the top act in an analysis of in excess of seven billion hours of listening for 50 million users.

Sheeran - heard 860 million times on the service this year - said: "It's a great thing to be above so many amazing artists who I'd assume would be streamed more than me."

In addition, he is also the most-streamed act in the UK, and x - which has been accessed 430 million times - is the most-streamed album both at home and around the world.

Eminem is the second most-played artist internationally while Coldplay are ranked third. Coldplay are also the top group globally, with One Direction in fifth position.

The most listened-to track in the world for Spotify users was Happy by Pharrell Williams which has achieved more than 260 million plays.

British act Clean Bandit were in second position for their song Rather Be - which featured vocalist Jess Glynne - and DJ/producer Calvin Harris was third with Summer.

Katy Perry was the top female act globally, succeeding Rihanna who has held the position for two years and has now slipped from the top five.

Steve Savoca, the head of content for Spotify, said: "This has been a phenomenal year for a rich variety of amazing artists on Spotify. Over fifty million dedicated music fans listened to more than seven billion listening hours in 2014 alone.

"Huge congratulations to Ed Sheeran on achieving most-streamed album on Spotify for the wildly successful x, and also for earning the overall most-streamed artist of 2014 thanks to his dedicated fans on Spotify."

Here are some of Spotify's most-streamed top fives

:: Global artists

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Eminem

3. Coldplay

4. Calvin Harris

5. Katy Perry

:: Global groups

1. Coldplay

2. Imagine Dragons

3. Maroon 5

4. OneRepublic

5. One Direction

:: Global tracks

1. Happy - Pharrell Williams

2. Rather Be - Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)

3. Summer - Calvin Harris

4. Dark Horse - Katy Perry

5. All of Me - John Legend

:: Global males

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Eminem

3. Calvin Harris

4. Avicii

5. David Guetta

:: Global females

1. Katy Perry

2. Ariana Grande

3. Lana Del Rey

4. Beyonce

5. Lorde

:: Global albums

1. x - Ed Sheeran

2. In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

3. The New Classic - Iggy Azalea

4. G I R L - Pharrell Williams

5. My Everything - Ariana Grande

:: Artists for UK

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Arctic Monkeys

3. Eminem

4. Sam Smith

5. Coldplay

:: Tracks for UK

1. Rather Be - Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)

2. Happy - Pharrell Williams

3. Waves - Mr. Probz

4. All of Me - John Legend

5. Stay With Me - Sam Smith

:: Albums for UK

1. x - Ed Sheeran

2. In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith

3. Wanted On Voyage - George Ezra

4. The New Classic - Iggy Azalea

5. G I R L - Pharrell Williams


From Belfast Telegraph