Taylor Swift has claimed the title of Spotify’s top-streamed artist of 2023, putting an end to Bad Bunny’s three-year dominance.

LOS ANGELES: Taylor Swift has emerged as Spotify’s most-played artist of 2023.

As per Spotify Wrapped, Swift claimed the title of the year’s most-streamed artist globally, amassing over 26.1 billion streams since January 1. This signifies a shift in dominance, overthrowing Bad Bunny, the Puerto Rican reggaetón star who held the prestigious position consecutively for three years from 2020.

Bad Bunny follows at number two in 2023, trailed by The Weeknd in third, Drake in fourth, and regional Mexican musician Peso Pluma in fifth.

However, Bad Bunny’s fortunes aren’t entirely negative: his 2022 album “Un Verano Sin Ti” retained its status as Spotify’s most-streamed album for the second consecutive year, garnering 4.5 billion global streams. In this category, Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” secured second place, with SZA’s “SOS” coming in third. All three albums were released last year.

The top five further includes The Weeknd’s 2016 album “Starboy” and Karol G’s “Mañana Será Bonito,” the sole 2023 release to reach this pinnacle.

Miley Cyrus’ empowerment anthem “Flowers” claimed the title of Spotify’s most-streamed song of the year, boasting 1.6 million streams globally.

SZA’s “Kill Bill” secured the second position for the most-streamed song of the year. Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” BTS member Jung Kook featuring Latto’s “Seven,” and Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma’s “Ella Baila Sola” rounded out the top five.

In the U.S., Swift continued her dominance, reigning as the most streamed artist on the platform, followed by Drake and country star Morgan Wallen. Wallen’s “Last Night” emerged as the most streamed song, along with his album “One Thing at a Time.”

Meanwhile, Apple Music revealed that Wallen’s “Last Night” topped its global song chart in 2023. The song achieved 16 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, equaling Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” for the second-longest reign in the Hot 100’s history spanning 65 years.

It’s no surprise that the most significant artists globally claimed top spots on Spotify Wrapped, considering their prominent features across the streaming service and loyal fanbases. Independent artists aspiring for a top spot globally would need billions of streams, as mentioned by Business Insider, artists generally earn between $.003 and $.005 per stream on Spotify. Nonetheless, Spotify’s new policy on royalty payments, eliminating payment for songs with fewer than 1,000 annual streams starting in 2024, was announced last month.

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