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Taylor Swift is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2023, ending Bad Bunny’s 3-year reign

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Spotify 2023 Rankings

Taylor Swift has claimed the title of Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2023, marking the end of Bad Bunny’s three-year reign. According to Spotify Wrapped, Swift accumulated over 26.1 billion streams since January 1, making her the top artist globally for the year. This achievement means she has dethroned Puerto Rican reggaetón sensation Bad Bunny, who had held the prestigious title for the past three years, starting in 2020.

In the 2023 rankings, Bad Bunny secured the second spot, followed by The Weeknd in third, Drake in fourth, and regional Mexican musician Peso Pluma in fifth place.

However, it’s not all bad news for Bad Bunny, as his 2022 album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” retained its position as Spotify’s most-streamed album for the second consecutive year, amassing 4.5 billion global streams. In this category, Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” came in second place, with SZA’s “SOS” in third. All three albums were released in the previous year.

The top five most-streamed albums also included The Weeknd’s 2016 album “Starboy” and Karol G’s “Mañana Será Bonito,” which was the only 2023 release to reach the pinnacle of the list.

Miley Cyrus’ empowering anthem “Flowers” claimed the title of Spotify’s most-streamed song of the year, with 1.6 million streams globally. SZA’s “Kill Bill” secured the second spot, while Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” BTS member Jung Kook featuring Latto’s “Seven,” and Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma’s “Ella Baila Sola” occupied the third, fourth, and fifth positions, respectively.

In the United States, Taylor Swift continued her dominance as the most-streamed artist on the platform, followed by Drake and country star Morgan Wallen. Wallen’s “Last Night” emerged as the most-streamed song, and his full-length album “One Thing at a Time” claimed the top spot among the most-streamed albums.

Apple Music also recognized Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” by placing it at the top of its global song chart for 2023. The song enjoyed significant success, staying atop the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks, tying with Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” for the second-longest reign in the Hot 100’s 65-year history.

It’s no surprise that the biggest global artists found their way to the top of Spotify Wrapped, given their prominent presence on the platform and dedicated fanbases. Independent artists seeking a top spot on the global list would need billions of streams, considering that artists typically earn between $0.003 and $0.005 per stream. Spotify’s payment model is based on “streamshare,” calculated by dividing the total number of streams for a rights holder’s music by the overall streams in the market each month.

In a recent announcement, Spotify revealed a new royalty payment policy, discontinuing payment for songs with fewer than 1,000 annual streams, starting in 2024. This move reflects ongoing changes in the music streaming industry’s economics and revenue distribution.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Spotify 2023 Rankings

What does “Spotify Wrapped” refer to in the text?

“Spotify Wrapped” is a year-end feature provided by the music streaming platform Spotify. It compiles and presents personalized music listening statistics to users, including their most-streamed songs, artists, and albums over the past year.

Who claimed the title of Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2023, and what was the total number of streams?

Taylor Swift was named Spotify’s most-streamed artist in 2023, accumulating over 26.1 billion streams since January 1 of that year.

Who held the title of Spotify’s most-streamed artist before Taylor Swift in 2023?

Puerto Rican reggaetón star Bad Bunny held the title of Spotify’s most-streamed artist for three consecutive years prior to Taylor Swift, starting in 2020.

Which album secured the top spot as the most-streamed album on Spotify in 2023?

Bad Bunny’s 2022 album, “Un Verano Sin Ti,” retained its position as Spotify’s most-streamed album for the second consecutive year in 2023, amassing 4.5 billion global streams.

What was the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2023, and how many global streams did it have?

Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” was the most-streamed song on Spotify in 2023, with 1.6 million global streams.

What is the significance of Morgan Wallen’s song “Last Night” in the context of streaming charts?

Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” achieved recognition as the most-streamed song on both Spotify and Apple Music in 2023. It also held the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks, tying with “Despacito” for the second-longest reign in the Hot 100’s history.

How are artists compensated for their music on Spotify, and what is the new royalty payment policy mentioned in the text?

Artists on Spotify are compensated based on the number of streams their music receives. They typically earn between $0.003 and $0.005 per stream. The new royalty payment policy, starting in 2024, discontinues payment for songs with fewer than 1,000 annual streams. This policy reflects changes in the economics of the music streaming industry.

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