Musicians enjoy a wide variety of revenue streams nowadays. With music streaming services becoming increasingly popular, their concert, royalty, and album sales are supplemented by money earned from their music being streamed on platforms such as Spotify. We've looked at the number of times songs released in 2020 have been listened to on Spotify and have calculated approximately how much artists have earned as a result of Spotify streaming so far this year.
The figures are based on Soundcharts.com's calculations which pinpoint Spotify payments towards artists at $0.0032 per stream (£0.0025). Here are Spotify's 30 most played new releases of 2020 (as of Monday, 2nd March, 2020) alongside their estimated earnings:
|Song||No. of Plays||Estimated Earnings|
|Justin Bieber - Yummy||261,054,656||£652,637|
|Future (feat. Drake) - Life Is Good||217,012,200||£542,531|
|Halsey - You Should Be Sad||124,064,975||£310,162|
|Justin Bieber (feat. Quavo) - Changes||110,023,238||£275,058|
|Selena Gomez - Rare||102,059,311||£255,148|
|Jonas Brothers - What A Man Gotta Do||81,421,741||£203,554|
|Dua Lipa - Physical||70,993,401||£177,484|
|Ali Gatie - What If I Told You That I Love You||63,991,466||£159,979|
|Justin Bieber (feat. Post Malone & Clever) - Forever||41,310,180||£103,276|
|Blackbear - me & ur ghost||40,892,196||£102,231|
|Sam Smith - To Die For||32,467,956||£81,170|
|Taylor Swift - Only The Young||25,948,152||£64,870|
|Lauv - Changes||22,751,282||£56,878|
|Hailee Steinfeld - Wrong Direction||21,449,955||£53,625|
|5 Seconds of Summer - No Shame||20,433,181||£51,083|
|Demi Lovato - Anyone||20,134,009||£50,335|
|Niall Horan - No Judgement||19,898,908||£49,747|
|Selena Gomez - Vulnerable||18,861,365||£47,153|
|Alicia Keys - Underdog||18,232,361||£45,581|
|Selena Gomez (feat. 6LACK) - Crowded Room||17,772,709||£44,432|
|Selena Gomez - Feel Me||16,135,235||£40,338|
|Anne-Marie - Birthday||15,701,883||£39,255|
|John Legend - Conversations In The Dark||15,383,563||£38,459|
|Selena Gomez - People You Know||15,084,872||£37,712|
|Lady Gaga - Stupid Love||13,433,485||£33,584|
|Madison Beer - Good In Goodbye||11,302,196||£28,256|
|Pussycat Dolls - React||10,910,170||£27,275|
|Meghan Trainor (feat. Nicky Minaj) - Nice To Meet Ya||10,099,710||£25,249|
|Sean Paul & Tove Lo - Calling On Me||6,482,990||£16,207|
|Melanie Martinez (feat. Tierra Whack) - Copy Cat||4,398,683||£10,997|
Justin Bieber's new releases have been quite successful this year. Three of the Canadian singer's tracks place in the top 10. What's more, Yummy is the most played new song of 2020 on Spotify so far; it has earned Bieber around £652,637.
Future and Drake's new song Life Is Good has earned the two rappers £542,531 so far in 2020. They take second spot on our ranking.
You Should Be Sad has earned singer Halsey a third-place finish in our Spotify earnings ranking with £310,162.
Selena Gomez is the best represented singer in our ranking with five songs in the top 30. Rare, Vulnerable, Crowded Room, Feel Me, and People You Know have earned the singer a combined £424,783.
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