KUALA LUMPUR: Move over Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza and Faizal Tahir! Hip hop group K-Clique is Malaysia’s most streamed local artiste of the year according to Spotify.
The popular audio streaming service revealed its findings yesterday via its annual end of the year campaign called Wrapped. This year surprisingly saw Faizal and Siti taking the second and third spots respectively after the up-and-coming rap outfit.
Siti had previously held on to the top spot for two consecutive years. The local Top 5 this year in descending order was completed by SonaOne and the budding pop rock band, Insomniacks, which signaled a positive development for fresh acts locally.
No surprises though when it came to K-Pop, as the list revealed that ultra-successful Korean outfit BTS is Malaysia’s most streamed artiste in 2019.
In this year alone, the K-Pop phenomenon has garnered over 3 billion streams from fans around the world with its hit track, Boy With Luv, featuring Halsey becoming the most streamed K-Pop track globally.
International K-Pop girl group BlackPink also joined BTS as the most streamed groups in the country this year.
Popular American singer Ariana Grande is Malaysia’s second most streamed artiste. Her album Thank U, Next became the third most streamed album both globally and locally, while her song 7 Rings is Malaysia’s fifth most streamed track.
Also, among Malaysia’s most streamed artistes are Khalid, Ed Sheeran, and Post Malone. Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s hit song, Señorita, generated over 1 billion streams on Spotify this year, making it the most streamed track globally and in Malaysia too.
The title for the most streamed artiste of the decade goes to Drake with more than 28 billion streams to his name. The rest of the Top 5 in descending order are Ed Sheeran (whose Shape Of You was also the most streamed track of the decade with more than 2.3 billion streams), Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Eminem.