Spotify announced on Wednesday (November 30) that Bad Bunny has become the service’s biggest global artist for the third year in a row, after his music was streamed over 18.5 billion times on the platform.
But that 2022 number is even more knock-out than it might first sound – because the independent Puerto Rican superstar actually managed to DOUBLE his stream count on the service this year vs. 2021.
Last year, Bad Bunny received over 9.1 billion streams, achieving that tally without even having released an album in 2021.
In 2020, he had achieved over 8.3 billion streams on Spotify by December 1.
In 2019, Post Malone claimed the spot of most-streamed artist globally on Spotify with 6.5 billion streams.
The year before that, in 2018, Drake was the platform’s most-streamed artist globally, with 8.2 billion streams.
Spotify revealed Bad Bunny’s global streaming stat for the year Wednesday (November 30) as part of the streaming-giant’s Spotify Wrapped feature for 2022.
Bad Bunny also dominated the platform’s charts, with three of his tracks — Me Porto Bonito, Tití Me Preguntó, and Ojitos Lindos — appearing on the Top 10 Tracks globally.
Bad Bunny’s studio album, Un Verano Sin Ti, released in May, took the spot as the most-streamed album worldwide in 2022, beating Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR, Ed Sheeran’s = and Doja Cat’s Planet Her.
Earlier this year, Spotify confirmed that on Friday, May 6, Bad Bunny became the all-time most-streamed artist globally on its platform in a single day.
He racked up 183 million Spotify streams within 24 hours.
Spotify wasn’t the only streaming platform where Bad Bunny broke records this year.
His album Un Verano Sin Ti was also the most streamed album of 2022 on Apple Music as well as “the biggest Latin album of all time” on the platform.
He was named on November 9 as Apple Music’s ‘Artist of the Year’, in recognition, according to the platform, of his “artistic excellence and influence on global culture in 2022”.Music Business Worldwide