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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?

Every December, Spotify releases a roundup of its streaming stats for the year. We get to reflect on the past 12 months in music, get a glimpse at our own listening habits, and compare our music choices with the rest of the world.

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.

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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.

Among female artists, Ariana Grande earned the top spot, with over 3 billion streams. This is hardly surprising, given that she released her new album Sweetener in August and has been steadily dropping singles since. 

But when it comes to the most-streamed artist list, overall, not a single woman is in sight. The exact same thing was the case in 2017, where the top five artists were also all male. This proves, once again, that the music industry continues to be dominated by men.

In the runner-up spot, behind Drake, for most-streamed artist of 2018, we have Post Malone. Two of his songs, "rockstar" and "Psycho," also made the most-streamed tracks list, at number 3 and 4.

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The late rapper XXXTentacion earned the third spot on the list.

Colombian singer J Balvin made the most-streamed list at number 4, thanks to his global hits "X" (with Nicky Jam) and "I Like It" (with Cardi B).

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And falling in fifth place, we have Ed Sheeran, who earned the honor in 2017.

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No women made it on the most-streamed groups category either. The top five groups are Imagine Dragons, BTS, Maroon 5, Migos, and freaking Coldplay, last year's most streamed group.

Spotify graciously gave women their own group, though, which was led by Ariana Grande, followed by Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, and Camila Cabello. In the grand scheme of things, Grande barely cracked the top 10 overall.

Confused? Me too. Hopefully next year will bring about some MUCH-NEEDED change. Give the ladies some love, y'all. They deserve it.

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To see where your own listening habits fall, compared with the rest of the world, head over to SpotifyWrapped.com tomorrow, December 6.

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