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The biggest music review of the year, from Reportlinker. All you need to know, in figures!

2015 is almost history. New albums were released. Artists played in front of sold-out crowds. New streaming music services were created while others reinvented themselves. Let’s take a look back at 2015 by the numbers.

20 billion hours: That’s how long 75 million Spotify users spent listening to music in 2015. The most-streamed male and female artists were Drake with 1.8 billion streams and Rihanna with 1 billion streams. However, the most streams a single received in one day went to Justin Bieber with 36 million streams in 24 hours. The most-streamed song was “Lean On” by Major Lazer featuring Mo and DJ Snake (top photo) with 540 million streams. The song hit No. 4 on Billboard’s charts. Sources: Capital Xtra, North Jersey and The Atlantic

23%: How much streaming music services grew in 2015, reaching $1 billion. Teens and millennials are largely responsible for the growth. The top streaming site for 13- to 33-year-olds was Pandora with 62%. Others in the top five are Spotify with 49%, Amazon Prime Music with 30%, Apple Music with 28% and Google Play Music with 26%. Overall, however, Spotify takes the spot of the most popular streaming-music service of the year with 2 billion saved playlists. Sources: Ypulse and Tech Crunch

Zero: The number of trending videos in YouTube Top 10 for 2015 that feature musical artists. Several of the videos, however, did feature professional artists’ songs, including the No. 1 song by choreographer Tianne King which featured Whip/Nae Nae. YouTube’s top music videos were Wiz Khalifa, Maroon 5, Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer and DJ Snake, Taylor Swift, David Guetta, Sia, Fifth Harmony, Adele and Silentó. Source: AdWeek

67,000: The number of Taylor Swift concert tickets listed per day with the average price of $237.  According to online ticket reseller StubHub, the majority of the Top 10 popular live musical acts of 2015 were those by seasoned artists. StubHub took into consideration the number of seats available, the number of shows and the face value of the tickets when compiling its list, but total sales was the top factor. The Top 10 artists were Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, U2, Ed Shereen, Luke Bryan, The Grateful Dead, Kenny Chesney, One Direction and the Rolling Stones. Source:  The Wall Street Journal

34%: The percentage streaming-music revenue grew for Warner Music Group during the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, earning the company $2.2 billion. For the fourth quarter, growth was 47% alone.  Warner is the world’s third-largest music company, and this marks the first time revenue for streaming music has surpassed digital downloads for a major record label. The shift came in May. Warner’s chief executive says streaming is on track to becoming the company’s largest revenue source. The company’s digital business is 58.8% of total sales and 44.4% of revenue. Revenue was $1.2 billion during the fiscal year, a 10.6% increase.  Source:  The Financial Times

Melina Druga is an author and freelance journalist. You can follow her on Twitter.

Top image: Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ), via Youtube 


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Melina Druga

Melina Druga is an author and freelance journalist. You can follow her on Twitter @MelinaDruga.

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