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Rihanna Was the Most Streamed Female Artist on Spotify in 2017

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Spotify released their year end streaming numbers and it turns out that Rihanna didn’t only dominate the fashion and beauty world in 2017.

While Ed Sheeran topped nearly all of the Spotify’s 2017 charts for the most streamed– including most streamed song (“Shape of You”) and album, Rihanna, who didn’t even release any new music this year, was the most streamed woman.  That means she beat out Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Sia.

Also on the list was Drake, who came in second behind Ed Sheeran as the most streamed artist, off the strength of his project More Life. The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers rounded out the top 5 most streamed artists on Spotify for 2017. In other words, no women were in the top 5.

Still, Ri-Ri’s latest feat is a big one in a year that’s been pretty momentous. Just a few days ago, it was announced that she was honored with own street in her native Barbados, Rihanna Drive.

Welcome to Rihanna Drive,” read her statement about the accomplishment. “My home. My whole life was shaped on this very road. I was just a little island girl riding bikes, running around barefoot, and flying kits in the cemetery, but I had BIG dreams. Dreams that were born and realized right here.”


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