Drake, Rihanna and Kanye West Are the Most Streamed Artists of 2016 So Far
The publication has Drizzy at 1.44 billion streams, RiRi at 795 million streams and 'Ye at 753 million streams so far this year. The "number crunchers" compile the stats from all streaming services, including Apple Music, TIDAL and Spotify. Rounding out the top 10 are Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Future, G-Eazy, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
HITS calls Drake the "Godzilla" of streaming for his huge advantage in streams compared to the rest of the field. Interestingly enough, Drake's name pops up again just outside the top 10 – the Drake/Future combo sits at No. 11 with 352 million streams in 2016. Safe to say people enjoyed their collaborative album, What a Time to Be Alive.
In terms of major labels, Republic, Columbia and Interscope claim the top spots with 16.35%, 11.52% and 9.6% streaming marketshares, respectively.
It should be noted that HITS Daily Double isn't an official source like Billboard, but a third party that gathers these statistics on their own. They might not be 100% accurate.
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