With female powerhouses like Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Courtney Barnett, and Janelle Monae — just to name a few — you'd think the music industry was dominated by women. But alas, Spotify has released its list of 2018's most-streamed artists and they're all dudes. Not a single woman made it in the top five. What gives?
In 2017, Ed Sheeran, Drake, The Weeknd, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift topped the most-streamed artists lists. Camila Cabello was the top breakout artist, and "Shape of You" was the most streamed track. None of this was very surprising.
This year, however, a few things changed. Hip-hop dominated Spotify’s charts, while Latin music saw rapid growth in 2018. Of course, music lovers still continued with the many existing favorites, but there were a few surprises. Jarad Higgins, better known as Juice WRLD, earned the honor of top breakout artist, with Normani and King Princess following behind.
Taking the top spot not only for most-streamed male artist but for most-streamed artist in general is none other than Drake. With over 8 billion streams, thanks to his latest album Scorpion and the enduring popularity of singles like "God’s Plan" (most-streamed song) and "In My Feelings," he totally dominated Spotify in 2018.
Confused? Me too. Hopefully next year will bring about some MUCH-NEEDED change. Give the ladies some love, y'all. They deserve it.
To see where your own listening habits fall, compared with the rest of the world, head over to SpotifyWrapped.com tomorrow, December 6.