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The top songs, artists, playlists, and podcasts of 2019—and the last decade

By December 12, 2019No Comments

Most-streamed artists of 2019 according to Spotify:
1) Post Malone
2) Billie Eilish
3) Ariana Grande
4) Ed Sheeran
5) Bad Bunny

Most-streamed artists of the decade:
1) 
Drake
2) Ed Sheeran
3) Post Malone
4) Ariana Grande
5) Eminem

Most-streamed tracks of 2019:
1) 
“Señorita” – Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes
2) “bad guy” – Billie Eilish
3) “Sunflower” – Post Malone, Swae Lee
4) “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande
5) “Old Town Road – Remix” – Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus

Most-streamed tracks of the decade:
1) 
“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran
2) “One Dance”  – Drake, Kyla, WizKid
3) “rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)” – 21 Savage, Post Malone
4) “Closer” – Halsey, The Chainsmokers
5) “Thinking out Loud” – Ed Sheeran

Top 5 touring acts of the decade according to Pollstar:
1) 
U2 – $1.0B
2) 
The Rolling Stones – $929M
3) 
Ed Sheeran – $922M
4) 
Taylor Swift – $900M
5) 
Beyoncé – $857M

Total concert revenue for top 100 tours according to Pollstar:
1) 2010 – $2.2B (↓ 13%)
2) 2011 – $2.3B (↑ 6%)
3) 2012 – $2.5B (↑ 8%)
4) 2013 – $2.8B (↑ 10%)
5) 2014 – $2.7B (↓ 2%)
6) 2015 – $3.1B (↑ 14%)
7) 2016 – $3.3B (↑ 7%)
8) 2017 – $3.7B (↑ 9%)
9) 2018 – $3.7B (↑ 0%)

FYI: Concerts generate 2X the revenue of an NBA/NHL game in the same arena.

Michael Beach

Michael Beach

Michael Beach is the Chief Executive Officer of Cross Screen Media, a media analytics and software company that enables marketers to plan, activate, and measure CTV and linear TV at the local level. Michael is also the founder and editor of State of the Screens, a weekly newsletter focused on video advertising that is a must-read for thought leaders in the advertising industry. He has appeared in such publications as PBS Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Axios, CNBC and Bloomberg, and on NPR’s Planet Money podcast.

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