New Spotify Numbers Show Toronto Artists Are Running Music

Drake, Bieber and The Weeknd are putting the city on their back.

Earlier this week, Drake’s Views became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music. As a result, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Drake is dominating Spotify as well.

Thanks to a handy graphic created by interactive data visualization company Sizzle Analytics, we now have a visually-enticing breakout of Spotify’s top tracks, artists, albums and more from 2015 to 2016.

According to Digital Music News, Sizzle Analytics pooled data from and to assemble the list of statistics, which overwhelmingly proved one thing: Toronto is running music.

Some of our favorite big name superstars—Drake, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Fetty Wap and Rihanna—dominated categories across the board, but it was Toronto’s golden trio of Drake, Bieber and The Weeknd that cleaned up, securing the first five spots for the top track category, and first three spots for the album and artist categories. Obviously, Toronto conquered the artist city stats.

Of course, a lot of these metrics derive from playlist-boosted stream counts, which is a direct result of Spotify's curation system. Sizzle Analytics didn’t include playlist-only listens in their findings, and while this doesn’t necessarily indicate complete fan selection, the end result is the same—Toronto wins.

Big ups to Toronto and Drake, even if his short film Please Forgive Mewas a bit questionable.


By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.

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