Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” was the most-streamed song and the most-heard song on the radio in 2021, according to a new report from Billboard and MRC Data.
The report, which surveyed music consumption trends over the past year, found that overall music consumption grew 11.3% from the previous year, with a 12.6% boost in on-demand audio streaming.
Researchers attributed that increase to major albums from artists such as Adele, Drake, Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift. They also credited TikTok with exposing listeners to new music, as well as reviving old favorite songs.
Country singer Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album nabbed the title of the most-streamed LP of 2021 with 3.226 million equivalent album units, most of which came from online streaming. Spanning 30 tracks, Dangerous is the first country album to take the top spot since Swift’s Fearless in 2009.
Other insights garnered from the study found that vinyl sales have surpassed CDs for the first time since 1991, the year MRC Data began tracking music sales.
And thanks to hit songs like BTS’ “Butter,” world music such as K-pop and Afro-pop is on the rise with a 17.4% increase in consumption since last year.
In other music news, The Weeknd released a music video for “Sacrifice.”
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