Most streamed artists in the U.S. in 2019

In 2019, hip-hop artist Post Malone amassed almost 6.7 billion streams in the United States, outranking Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Ariana Grande. Music streaming is a lucrative source of income for modern musicians and can make up significant portions of their annual income. Second in the ranking was Drake with 6.35 million streams, falling behind slightly after far outperforming all other artists in 2018 with more than ten millions that year. In fact, more than 17 million U.S. dollars of Drake’s 2018 income came from streaming, and singers Beyoncé and Bruno Mars also made between three and four million dollars each from fans streaming their songs.

Equally, whilst newer artists tend to be more successful on streaming platforms than those whose heyday has already passed, many older musicians have adapted to digital formats to increase their online presence and attract new listeners. Elton John earns more from streaming than from sales or publishing, and Paul McCartney also tends to earn over one million dollars per annum by making his music available to stream via digital platforms.

The impact of music streaming

Music streaming platforms like Spotify have enabled a culture whereby music fans can enjoy their favorite tunes on the go and in any location they choose. Streaming is the main source of revenue within the U.S. music industry and grew ten percent between 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, physical revenue is decreasing, and the retail value of physical CD shipments has dwindled from over 13 billion U.S. dollars to less than 700 million in 18 years.

Most popular musicians in the United States in 2019, based on number of streams

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January 2020


United States

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