Ed Sheeran has become the first artist to reach 100 million followers on Spotify.
The 31-year-old megastar has taken the next step in his pop career, becoming the most followed musician on the streaming platform.
To celebrate, the flamboyant-haired star posted a video of himself wearing a streaming giant t-shirt that read, “ASK ME ABOUT MY 100 MILLION SPOTIFY SUBSCRIBERS.
Maisie Peters, the ‘Bad Habits’ hitmaker’s supporting actor and Gingerbread Man Records signee, congratulates his label boss and gives him a hug, while everyone ignores his shirt as he strolls through the stadium.
She says, “Bravo, Ed Sheeran.”
Ariana Grande is the second most followed artist on Spotify with 81.64 million, followed by Billie Eilish (66.18 million), Drake (65.40 million) and Justin Bieber (63.49 million).
The Grammy winner hit 50 million in March 2020, and he’s also the most streamed artist with 81.20 million monthly listeners.
Last month, Ed was named the UK’s most played artist of 2021 and had the most played single with ‘Bad Habits’.
The ‘2step’ hitmaker is the only artist in history to win both titles in two different years.
In 2017, Ed achieved the same with his mega-hit “Shape of You” from his “Divide” LP.
Ed has been the most played artist in the UK for four years, however, in 2020 Dua Lipa interrupted his run by beating him for the title.
Pop superstar Adele, 34, is the only other musician to claim the most played artist and most played song of the year in the same year.
The ‘Hello’ hitmaker was the most played artist of the year in 2011, with ‘Rolling In The Deep’ being the most played single.
The data, compiled by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), revealed that David Guetta was the second most played artist in 2021.
Dua is third, followed by Little Mix, Coldplay, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, Taylor Swift and Pink.
Tom Grennan, 27, claimed two spots on the UK’s most played singles for 2021, with his Calvin Harris collab ‘By Your Side’ coming in second and ‘Little Bit Of Love’ third.
“Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, “Higher Power” by “Coldplay”, “All You Ever Wanted” by Rag’n’Bone Man, “Heartbreak Anthem” by Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix, “Starstruck” by Years and Years, Miley Cyrus’ ‘Midnight Sky’ and Joel Corry’s ‘Bed’, Raye and David Guetta round out the top 10.
David Guetta is the only other artist to have two songs in the top 10.