With his chart-topping album, sold-out tours and his recent performance at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, it’s safe to say that Ed Sheeran has had a great year. But now, he has another reason to celebrate as Spotify’s Year In Music has announced that Sheeran is the most streamed artiste of 2014, in the world!

Throughout the year, his songs have been heard more than 860 million times globally on Spotify. On top of that, his album, x (pronounced multiply), was the most streamed album in Malaysia with over 430 million streams thanks to the Sheerios.
(Confession: I’m guilty of contributing to those numbers, but I ain’t sorry :p)

However, on this side of the world, the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter lost out to Coldplay as the most streamed artiste of 2014 in Malaysia. Taiwanese singer/actor, Jay Chou is the most streamed Asian artiste. And the song that has the most number of streams in this country is, of course, Magic!’s Rude. No surprise there, I must say…

Here’s the full list:
Global Results
Top Five Global Artists
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Coldplay
4. Calvin Harris
5. Katy Perry

Top Five Global Males
1. Ed Sheeran
2. Eminem
3. Calvin Harris
4. Avicii
5. David Guetta

Top Five Global Females
1. Katy Perry
2. Ariana Grande
3. Lana Del Rey
4. Beyoncé
5. Lorde

Top Five Global Groups
1. Coldplay
2. Imagine Dragons
3. Maroon 5
4. OneRepublic
5. One Direction

Top Five Global Tracks
1. Happy – Pharrell Williams (From “Despicable Me 2“)
2. Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) – Clean Bandit
3. Summer – Calvin Harris
4. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
5. All of Me – John Legend

Top 10 most streamed artists
1. Coldplay
2. Ed Sheeran
3. Maroon 5
4. Ariana Grande
5. Katy Perry
6. Taylor Swift
7. Calvin Harris
8. Sam Smith
9. OneRepublic
10. Jay Chou (周杰倫)

Top 10 most streamed Asian artists
1. Jay Chou (周杰伦)
2. Yuna
3. Eason Chan (陈奕迅)
4. Wang Lee Hom (王力宏)
5. Yiruma
6. Jacky Cheung (张学友)
7. Mayday (五月天)
8. 2NE1
9. JJ Lin (林俊杰)
10. Hafiz Hamidun

Top 10 most streamed tracks
1. Magic! – Rude
2. John Legend – All of Me
3. Sia – Chandelier
4. Pharrell Williams – Happy (From “Despicable Me 2“)
5. Maroon 5 – Maps
6. Calvin Harris – Summer
7. Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars
8. Sam Smith – Stay With Me
9. Passenger – Let Her Go
10. OneRepublic – Counting Stars

Top 10 most streamed albums
1. x – Ed Sheeran
2. In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
3. V – Maroon 5
4. The New Classic – Iggy Azalea
5. My Everything – Ariana Grande
6. 5 Seconds Of Summer – 5 Seconds Of Summer
7. The Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture – The Fault In Our Stars
8. G I R L – Pharrell Williams
9. 1000 Forms of Fear – Sia
10. Don’t Kill the Magic – MAGIC!

ICYMI: Sheeran is coming to Malaysia next year! His show, which will be at KL Convention Centre on March 16 2015, marks his first ever concert here and tickets are priced at RM285 and RM355.


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