Ed Sheeran is Spotify’s most streamed act of 2014

In this Nov. 9, 2014 file photo, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran arrives for the 2014 MTV European Music Awards in Glasgow. Sheeran is the year’s most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year’s most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States.

Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday. Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” was the most streamed song of the year globally.

Sheeran racked up more than 860 million listens on Spotify. His latest album, “x,” is the most steamed album worldwide with 430 million streams.

Katy Perry and Coldplay were the most streamed female and group around the world, respectively.

In the United States, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was the most streamed song of the year. Her album, “The New Classic,” was the second most streamed album in America behind Sheeran’s “x.”

Spotify said more than seven billion hours of music was streamed this year by more than 50 million users. It will reward listeners this month by offering new U.S. users a premium, three-month membership for just 99 cents.

This year, Spotify experienced a shake-up when Taylor Swift decided to remove all of her music from the streaming service in late October. Some artists followed by removing some of their music from Spotify, including country star Jason Aldean.

Behind Sheeran on the global list are Eminem, Calvin Harris, Avicii and David Guetta. On the U.S. tally, Drake, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande follow Eminem.

Hozier’s “Take Me to Church,” currently No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was the most viral track globally and in the U.S.

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http://www.spotify.com/2014

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