Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artists, Songs, and Albums of 2018


Drake (Source: Instagram)

Spotify has revealed its lists of the most-streamed artists, songs, and albums of 2018 on the platform.

With over 8.2 billion streams, Drake is not only the most-streamed artist in the world, but he’s also now the most-streamed artist ever on Spotify. Drizzy also had the most-streamed album and song with Scorpion and “God’s Plan.”

Spotify’s top-streamed female artist was Ariana Grande followed by Dua Lipa and Cardi B. Meanwhile, Post Malone scored two of the most-streamed songs with “rockstar” ft. 21 Savage at No. 3 and “Psycho” ft. Ty Dolla $ign at No. 4.

While hip-hop dominated Spotify’s lists, Latin music continued to grow. J Balvin, Ozuna, and Bad Bunny each landed in the top eight of the most-streamed artists list.

See some of the lists below and get the full report on Spotify’s website.

Most-streamed artists:

1. Drake
2. Post Malone
3. Xxxtentacion
4. J Balvin
5. Ed Sheeran
6. Eminem
7. Ozuna
8. Bad Bunny

Most-streamed female artists:

1. Ariana Grande
2. Dua Lipa
3. Cardi B
4. Taylor Swift
5. Camila Cabello

Most-streamed songs:

1. Drake – God’s Plan
2. Xxxtentacion – Sad
3. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – rockstar
4. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho
5. Drake – In My Feelings

Most-streamed albums:

1. Drake – Scorpion
2. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys
3. Xxxtentacion – ?
4. Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
5. Ed Sheeran – ÷

Related: Spotify Reveals Most-Streamed Songs of Summer 2018

Artists Can Now Upload Their Music Directly to Spotify



Spotify has announced a new feature that could transform the music industry.

The feature, which is part of the Spotify for Artists platform, enables acts to upload their music directly to the streaming service without the need for a third-party distributor or record label.

Right now, uploading is only available by invitation to a few hundred US-based independent artists, but Spotify says it will “bring upload to even more artists, labels, and teams in the future.”

By enabling artists to upload directly, Spotify has moved into the space of user-uploaded audio content, which has traditionally been dominated by SoundCloud.

It is the latest move by Spotify to work directly with artists. In July, the company introduced a tool that enables artists to submit their music for playlist consideration. And earlier this year, Spotify confirmed that it’s signing direct, non-exclusive deals with independent artists.

Learn more about the upload feature here.

Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Sept. 18

Spotify Reveals Most-Streamed Songs of Summer 2018


Drake performs at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on August 14. (Credit: Andrew Potter & Chris Schwegler)

Spotify has revealed its annual list of the most-streamed songs of the summer. Play counts were tallied globally from June 1 through Aug. 20.

Coming in at No. 1 with more than 393 million streams was Drake‘s viral anthem, “In My Feelings.” The Toronto rapper dominates the list this year, placing five tracks in the top 20.

Maroon 5‘s “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B finishes at No. 2 (293 million streams) while Cardi’s Bad Bunny and J Balvin-assisted smash “I Like It” ends at No. 3 (289 million streams).

Other notable tracks were Tyga‘s “Taste” featuring Offset (No. 9) and Nio Garcia, Darell and Casper Magico‘s Latin anthem “Te Bote Remix” featuring Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, and Ozuna (No. 13). The latter was the most-streamed song in nine countries, including Mexico and the Dominican Republic, according to Spotify.

See the chart below and follow DJcity on Spotify.

Spotify’s top global songs of summer 2018:

1. Drake – In My Feelings
2. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – Girls Like You
3. Cardi B ft. Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
4. Juice WRLD – Lucid Dreams
5. Xxxtentacion – Sad
6. Post Malone – Better Now
7. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
8. Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato – Solo
9. Tyga ft. Offest – Taste
10. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Youngblood
11. Drake – God’s Plan
12. Drake – Nice For What
13. Nio Garcia, Darell, Casper Magico ft. Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, & Ozuna – Te Bote Remix
14. Tiesto & Dzeko ft. Preme & Post Malone – Jackie Chan
15. Selena Gomez – Back To You
16. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
17. Xxxtentacion – Moonlight
18. Drake ft. Michael Jackson – Don’t Matter To Me
19. Jonas Blue ft. Jack & Jack – Rise
20. Drake – Nonstop

Related: Spotify Reveals Most-Streamed Songs of Summer 2017

DJcity Launches Latin and UK Playlists on Spotify

DJcity Esenciales and DJcity UK Essentials

DJcity has expanded its Spotify presence with the launch of two brand new curated playlists: DJcity Esenciales and DJcity UK Essentials.

The playlists will join DJcity’s flagship playlist, DJcity Essentials, which features new music from artists such as Travis Scott, Post Malone, Cardi B, Diplo, Major Lazer, Marshmello, A-Trak, Sak Noel, and Valee. DJcity Essentials has over 5,000 followers while playing host to guest DJ takeovers from the likes of MAKJ, VICE, Party Favor, Far East Movement, Kennedy Jones, and Wax Motif.

As their names suggest, DJcity Esenciales and DJcity UK Essentials will highlight new and buzzing tracks in the Latin and UK scenes. They’ll be updated every Tuesday alongside DJcity Essentials.

Listen to both playlists below or via Spotify’s app.

DJcity Esenciales

DJcity UK Essentials

Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: May 15

Spotify Now Shows Producer and Songwriter Credits



Following last week’s changes that benefit remixers, Spotify announced on Friday a new feature that gives producers and songwriters the recognition they deserve.

From now on, users will be able to view the producer and songwriter credits of tracks on the the Spotify’s desktop app. The performers are also listed.

To view the information, right-click on a track and select “Show Credits” from the menu.


The credits are provided by record labels, and in some cases, artists. As such, Spotify’s announcement includes the following disclaimer:

“We realize some of the label-provided credits are incomplete or may contain inaccuracies, but this is just the first step in displaying songwriter credits on Spotify. The feature will continually evolve to become more efficient, provide better functionality, and incorporate more information from industry partners over time.”

Tiffany Kumar, global head of songwriter relation at Spotify, said:

“Songwriters are an integral force behind the music we love. With the newly launched credits feature, we aim to increase songwriter and producer visibility and, in turn, foster discovery among new collaborators, industry partners, and fans.”
“The more we share information, the more opportunities we can help create for songwriters. This is just the beginning of making songwriter and producer credits more easily available to Spotify listeners, and we look forward to continually improving that information, in close collaboration with our music industry partners.”

Producer Frank Dukes (Drake, Kanye West, and more) added, “It’s amazing to see Spotify give the unsung heroes of music some recognition on their platform. Definitely a step in the right direction.”

The feature also benefits fans and journalists who have, up until now, had to search for credits outside of Spotify.

Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Jan. 30

Spotify Helps Out Remixers



What a time to be a remixer.

While not all online music platforms have been particularly remixer-friendly in the past, Spotify has put a foot in the right direction.

In an email sent to artists, the Swedish streaming giant has announced a shift in the way streams of remixes are factored into an artist’s monthly listener count. Previously, streams on most remixes only counted towards the original artist’s total. However, the streams now count towards the remixer’s total as well.

Additionally, remixes will now appear on the remixer’s profile under both the “Latest Release” and “Popular” sections. Previously, remixes were generally only listed at the bottom of an artists profile, under the “Appears On” section.

The changes are significant for several reasons. Firstly, they shine a bigger light on remixers and their craft. Secondly, they mean that remixers can now see the performance of their remixes via Spotify’s Artist Insights dashboard.

DJ remixes have played a starring role in breaking pop singles in recent years, with records such as Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” and Starley’s “Call On Me” being propelled into Billboard’s Hot 100 by remixes from Seeb and Ryan Riback, respectively. And while Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” didn’t need any help becoming a hit, Skrillex’s remix has been streamed over 25 million times alone.

Spotify’s email:

Spotify email

Follow DJcity’s playlist on Spotify.

Written by Matt Downey and edited by Anthony Polis.

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Related: DJcity’s Spotify Playlist Update: Jan. 23