Justin Bieber became the first artist in Spotify history to meet 90 million monthly listeners on the streaming service.
Ed Sheeran sits second with 80.5 million listeners, while The Weeknd (78.1 million), Ariana Grande (73.4 million) and Dua Lipa (66.7 million) round out the rest of the Top Five.
The rest of the Top 10 includes Adele (66.2 million), Coldplay (62.3 million), Taylor Swift (60.7 million), Elton John (60 million) and Doja Cat (56.7 million).
Bieber released his sixth studio album ‘Justice’ in March; it spawned the singles “Holy”, “Lonely”, “Anyone”, “Hold On”, “Ghost” and the worldwide hit “Peaches” with Daniel Caesar and Giveon. He followed that up with his EP ‘Freedom’ in April.
This year he’s also seen him appear on a number of other tracks, including Skrillex’s ‘Don’t Go’, Juice WRLD’s posthumous track ‘Wandered To LA’ and his huge collaboration with The Kid LAROI, ” Stay ”.
Artists with the most monthly listeners on Spotify:
# 1 @justinbieber 91M
# 2 @edsheeran 80.5 million
# 3 @the weekend 78.1 million
# 4 @Ariana Grande 73.4 million
# 5 @DUALIPA 66.7 million
# 6 @ Adele 66.2 million
#seven @ cold game 62.3 million
# 8 @ taylorswift13 60.7 million
# 9 @eltonofficial 60M
#ten @DojaCat 56.7 million
– chart data (@chartdata) 23 December 2021
In a four-star review, NME‘s Will Lavin called’ Justice ‘”Bieber’s redemption song, and a more appropriate sequel to’ Purpose ‘.”
“Armed with a new optimism born from a dark place, he understands he’s best when he taps into his own experiences, projects relatable human emotion, and determines why he’s here,” the journal said. “He sings about the things that matter to him: his wife, his sanity, social injustice and so much more.
“With firecrackers, ballads and heartfelt moments, the desperate romantic with a penchant for self-reflection and global problem-solving is back.”
Earlier this year, Bieber broke another Spotify record, when it was revealed that he had racked up 83.3 million plays in August. It was the first time that such a number had been reached by an artist in the same period. The previous record was held by Ariana Grande who for some time had remained stable around the 82 million mark.
Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” recently became the first song to hit three billion streams on Spotify.
The song, taken from the pop star’s third album “÷ (Divide)”, hit a milestone Wednesday, December 22 – after being originally released on the streaming service in January 2017.
Speaking about the feat in a video shared by Spotify, Sheeran said he couldn’t be more “excited” by the news, calling it “absolutely insane,” before discussing the song’s origin. .