Drake Wins Apple Music 2018 Artist, Album of the Year

The Drake takeover that had Spotify users riled

SPOTIFYThe Drake takeover that had Spotify users riled

Internationally, Canadian rapper and singer Drake was the most streamed artist of 2018 with 8.2 billion streams this year, Spotify said in a statement.

Drake also claimed two spots on the top songs ranking with "God's Plan", which brought in 1 billion streams, and "Nice For What", while "Scorpion" was also named the most streamed album of the year. Ariana Grande, whose also had a massive year, overtook Rihanna as the platform's most-streamed female artist and the most-streamed female artist of 2018, ahead of Dua Lipa, Cardi B, Taylor Swift, and Camila Cabello.

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While no women appeared in the most-streamed artist list, Dua Lipa did make the top five most-streamed album list.

In October, Drake nabbed the lucrative title of being the top-streamed artist of all time in a list the music streaming service revealed to celebrate its 10th anniversary. "Sad!" by XXXTentacion, who died in June, came in second. Drake's "In My Feelings" took the fourth spot behind Post Malone's "Rockstar". Drake and Spotify were both criticised around the release of his album Scorpion for an "artist takeover" which saw his face and music plastered across 30 of the platform's major playlists.

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As for Apple Music, Drake also had no competition and ranked as the Artist of the Year, in addition to claiming three of the top five spots for top songs.

Drake's fifth studio album had four other songs in the top 100 including "Nonstop", "I'm Upset", "Mob Ties" and "Don't Matter To Me", featuring Michael Jackson. Check out the UK's Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2018 so far. His album "Beerbongs & Bentleys" was the second-most streamed followed by Cardi B's, the late XXXTentacion and Travis Scott.

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