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The Most Streamed Artists Of 2019 Reveal Ladies As The Champions

Good luck getting these songs out of your head.

There are less than 30 days left of 2019 and what a decade it’s been. There have been ups, downs, and more chart topping bangers than you could poke a stick at. In saying that, now is the perfect time to look back and reflect on what tracks we were frothing over in 2019.

Spotify Wrapped is returning this month to shed a little light on your listening habits, but the streaming platform is also spilling the tea on our favourite artists of 2019 and over the past decade.

With more than 28 BILLION streams, Drake wins the title of the most streamed artist of the decade. It’s also been a big decade for Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Ariana Grande and Eminem who join Drake in the top five streamed artists of the last 10 years.

Focusing on 2019, in particular, we were pleased to see the ladies come out on top. Billie Eilish and Ariana Grande came in at second and third most streamed artists globally.

Eilish had a stellar year surpassing 6 BILLION streams in 2019 alone. Her album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go won the title of the most streamed album of the year and marked the first time a female-led album topped Spotify’s Wrapped! 

Billie and Ari were beaten by Post Malone who took the crown in Australia for most streamed artist of 2019 with ‘Sunflowers’ and ‘Wow.’

The most streamed song of 2019 was (you guessed it) ‘Senorita’ by power couple Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello with 1 billion streams, followed by Eilish’s ‘Bad Guy’ with more than 990M streams. 

It was also a big year for our homegrown talent, with Tones and I, Dean Lewis and 5SOS taking out the most streamed local tracks with ‘Dance Monkey,’ ‘Be Alright’ and ‘Youngblood.’ 

With streams into the millions and billions it looks like pop and rap music is here to stay. Congratulations to all the streamlords – we hear you.

Are We Really That Surprised Billie Eilish Isn't A 70s Rock Expert?

“Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us."

With so many chart toppers and Grammy nominations under her belt, people often forget that Billie Eilish is only 17 years old. Considering her age, is it really that crazy that she doesn’t know who 70s rock band Van Halen are?

During a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the talk show host asked the singer if she could name any member of Van Halen. 

“Who? No, who is that?” Eilish asked, to which Kimmel responded, “I’m gonna start crying.”

It’s been a few weeks since then but there are plenty of Twitter users who are still in utter disbelief that Eilish doesn’t know who Van Halen is. 

There was so much chatter on Twitter about Eilish’s knowledge of 70s rock music that 28-year-old Wolfgang Van Halen, the band’s current bassist and son of Eddie Van Halen, defended the singer on Twitter.

“If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish, go check her out. She’s cool,” he wrote. “If you haven’t heard of Van Halen, go check them out. They’re cool, too.”

“Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want and don’t shame others for not knowing what you like.”

Van Halen has a point, and another thing worth mentioning is that the band has technically been on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’ since 2015 so they’re not really on many people’s radar at the moment, let alone a 17-year-old girl’s. 

Perhaps Eilish not knowing Van Halen is a sign of the times. As we enter a new decade is it time to do away with the idea you need a certain amount of music history knowledge?

One of Billie Eilish’s best qualities is that her music has mass appeal – she has fans who are 13 and fans who are 60. There’s no age limit to who loves Billie, and there shouldn’t be any prejudice about who you listen to or know about, either.

This tweet pretty much hits the nail on the head:

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6 Iconic 00s Bands That Need To Join The So Pop 2020 Lineup

Who remembers Stacie Orrico!?

Noughties kids found themselves shook beyond comprehension earlier this morning when the lineup for So Pop 2020 was announced. 

The stellar lineup features all our cheesy 00s faves including the recently reunited Pussycat Dolls, Steps, Jesse McCartney, Smash Mouth, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Alice DJ, Samantha Mumba and more incredible pop acts and one hit wonders.

Aussies will be treated to this smorgasbord of nostalgic talent when the concert hits our shores in April next year, but it got me thinking – what other iconic 00s acts would we be frothing to see play So Pop 2020? Here are a few suggestions: 

Crazy Town – Butterfly

Have you really lived if you’ve not memorised the lyrics to the one hit wonder ‘Butterfly’ by Crazy Town? I think not. The shirtless rap rock fellas of Crazy Town burst onto our TV screens and So Fresh CDs in 2000, and almost 20 years on, we’re still singing “come my lady, come, come my lady. You’re my butterfly, sugar, baby.”

Fountains of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom

Speaking of one hit wonders, So Pop 2020 is seriously lacking in the Fountains of Wayne department. These guys are perhaps best known for their 2003 pop punk track ‘Stacy’s Mom’ which was the ultimate MILF shoutout. Sadly, the song is frequently misattributed to fellow pop punk band Bowling for Soup, so now’s the time to give credit where credit is due! 

Stacie Orrico – Stuck 

Serious question: whatever happened to Stacey Orrico, and when she is going to make a comeback!? Orrico’s banger ‘Stuck’ was quite literally stuck in our heads throughout the entirety of 2003 and it still slaps 16 years later. Fun fact: the boyfriend in Orrico’s music video for ‘Stuck’ was played by her cousin, actor Trevor Wright. I’m not sure whether that’s creepy or cool, but either way – someone needs to get her on the So Pop 2020 lineup ASAP.

5ive – Keep On Movin’

Okay, so technically ‘Keep On Movin’’ by UK boy band 5ive AKA Five came out in 1999, but it was blasting out of our Discmans well into the early noughties. 5ive were a quintessential 00s boy band and over their time in the spotlight released a bunch of iconic tracks, like ‘If Ya Gettin’ Down,’ ‘When The Lights Go Out,’ but sadly turned down ‘Bye Bye Bye’ (later made famous by NSYNC) and it really was Bye Bye Bye for the band after that. It’s time to bring ‘em back, I say.

Baby Bash – Suga Suga

‘Suga Suga’ is one of those iconic songs that you forgot existed until you hear it and fall in love all over again. The track, by Baby Bash featuring Frankie J, dropped in 2003 and quickly climbed the charts for it’s catchy hook sampled from Barry White’s ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby.’ In fact, the hook is so catchy, it was sampled again in the 2015 Robin Schulz track ‘Sugar.’ If that’s not So Pop 2020-worthy, I don’t know what is.

Eamon & Frankee – F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back) & F.U.R.B

Eamon and Frankee’s tit-for-tat song war was the mid-00s relationship trainwreck we couldn’t look away from. Eamon released the expletive-ridden ‘F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)’ in 2003 and less than a year later, singer Frankee (who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend) retaliated with ‘F.U.R.B’ – an acronym for ‘F*ck You Right Back.’ Eamon denied that Frankee was his ex, and tbh, we weren’t really buying it either but it was a great publicity stunt and the song made its way onto all our mixtapes. I’d love nothing more than to see Eamon and Frankee rekindle their tumultuous relationship onstage at So Pop 2020. 

The pre-sale for So Pop 2020 kicks off on Wednesdays 4th of December, with tix available to the general public Monday 9th December.

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