January 7, 2014 12:36

Music streaming 'almost doubled in the UK' in 2013

Daft Punk, Bastille and Robin Thicke among most popular artists on streaming platforms in past 12 months

Music streaming 'almost doubled in the UK' in 2013

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Music streams in the UK almost doubled in 2013 with Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' proving the most popular track among users.

Data provided by the Official Charts Company shows that 7.4 billion songs were streamed via premium or ad-funded music services such as Spotify, Deezer, Napster, BlinkBox Music, Sony Unlimited, Rara, Xbox Music, Bloom and Music Qubed, among others. This figure is up from the 3.7 billion audio streams which were listened to in 2012.

Daft Punk proved the most popular artist of 2013 with 'Get Lucky' finishing top of the list, ahead of Bastille's 'Pompeii' and 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke respectively. Other artists in the Top 10 include Passenger, Avicii, Naughty Boy and The Lumineers. Macklemore appears twice on the list, reflecting his popularity on Spotify where his track 'Can't Hold Us' was the most popular song on the music streaming service globally in 2013.

The link between sales and streams for 'Get Lucky' was strong with the song placed second on The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles Of 2013, selling over 1.3 million copies last year. However, Bastille's 'Pompeii', which finished second on the chart, was only the 11th biggest selling single of last year.

The Official Top 10 Most Streamed Songs Of 2013

1. Daft Punk – 'Get Lucky'
2. Bastille – 'Pompeii'
3. Robin Thicke – 'Blurred Lines'
4. Passenger – 'Let Her Go'
5. Avicii – 'Wake Me Up'
6. Macklemore – 'Can't Hold Us'
7. Naughty Boy – 'La La La'
8. Macklemore – 'Thrift Shop'
9. Imagine Dragons – 'Radioactive'
10. The Lumineers – 'Ho Hey'

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