First Spotify, now Apple: Ed Sheeran tops another NZ chart

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The ginger-haired pop guitarist was streamed more than any other artist in the year so far - not a surprise, considering his song "Shape of You", the fourth track on "Divide", reigns as Spotify's most streamed song ever.

Stefan Blom, Spotify's Chief Content Officer, said: "Ed Sheeran absolutely dominated this year with the release of his record-breaking album, Divide".

Soulful Rag'n'Bone Man is in great spirits as his debut LP "Human" finished behind Ed in second place for the year.

Ed Sheeran has snagged a triple crown of streaming for 2017, ranking as Spotify's most-streamed artist as well as tallying the most-streamed single ("Shape of You") and the top-streamed album ("Divide"). Though it was released late in the year (Nov. 10), Taylor Swift's sixth studio album, Reputation, came in as the streaming service's No. 1 US top album of 2017. While Lorde and Adele also made their way into the Australian top five.

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Ed's "Castle on the Hill" and "Galway Girl" also made the top five most streamed tracks in the United Kingdom as well as Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's "Despacito" and French Montana's "Unforgettable".

Coldplay led the most streamed groups, followed by Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Linkin Park and Migos. That's pretty wonderful for an artist who didn't release an album this year! Wrapped allows you to see how many minutes of music you have listened to as well as how many songs, artists, and genres.

This year Spotify has also launched a personalised 2017 Wrapped feature to compare your individual taste with that of the nation. It'll then create your own top streaming list summing up your own year in music for 2017.

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