Who were the most performed musical artists in 2021?
Olivia Rodrigo has had the best year of her life.
The pop music debutante – nominated for seven Grammy Awards with her debut single “drivers license” – is one of the most widely distributed musical groups in all forms of music in 2021.
According to the Digital Media Association, which compiles data from Amazon, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube Music, Rodrigo leads the pops, followed by K-pop supergroup BTS and Doja Cat.
The 18-year-old Disney Channel star ranked # 1 in Spotify’s Best Songs with a “Driver’s License,” which was also # 2 on Apple Music and # 5 on Amazon Music. Spotify also identified Rodrigo’s debut album, “Sour”, as the most released album.
The “Brutal” singer had the most nominations of any artist for the 2021 American Music Awards, including album, song, record and Best New Artist, the latter of which she won.
Meanwhile, BTS landed at # 1 on Apple Music’s Best Songs list.
On Spotify, the South Korean-born teenage idols were number 3 among the leading streaming platform’s top performers.
The digital music advocacy organization also noted the continuing trend of major rap and reggaeton groups, such as Bad Bunny and J Balvin, which are responsible for the explosion in popularity of Latin music on the platforms of streaming.
“The history of music in 2021 has been defined by incredible artists, both familiar and new, who were able to harness the power of streaming to connect with fans,” said Garrett Levin, CEO of Digital Media Association, during the announcement. “This year, we celebrated the gradual return of live music a year after most in-person concerts have closed, while recognizing that challenges remain. One bright spot amid the continued uncertainty surrounding Covid is that we have again seen a growing number of fans eager to discover new artists and follow their careers, reconnect with old favorites and listen to the artists. and the songwriters they love via streaming.