Ed Sheeran is Spotify's most popular artist of 2017

Sheeran who leads all other singers globally with 45 million monthly listeners released the most-streamed album of the year Divide in March

Sheeran takes the top spot on Spotify's annual Year in Music list which announces the top artists, albums and tracks that have dominated the music streaming service over the past year. Drake finished second this year, followed by the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and the Chainsmokers.

The "Castle on the Hill" star topped the list of artists on the streaming service, thanks to the release of "Divide".

Apple Music named its top album of the year and top song of the year on Thursday (Dec. 7), bestowing the honors on More Life by Drake and "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran respectively.

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.

Now, Ed Sheeran has topped Apple's charts.

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"There is no doubt that 2017 was the year of Ed Sheeran", Spotify's Chief Content Officer said as he reached an average of 47 million monthly listeners.

As for the top 5 global female artists, Rihanna took out the title for her third year in a row followed by Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Sia.

He said: "Really happy everyone has enjoyed the album this year, thanks to all who streamed and downloaded".

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".

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