Ariana Grande surpasses Rihanna as most-streamed female artist on Spotify

Ariana Grande surpasses Rihanna as most-streamed female artist on Spotify

Singer Ariana Grande has dethroned Rhiana as the most-streamed female artist on Spotify. 

Ariana Grande with high ponytail / Instagram
Ariana Grande with high ponytail / Instagram

Grande has also secured the most debuts at the number 1 spot on the Hot 100 charts, is the most-subscribed female act on youTube, and the most followed woman on Sportify according to her own record label. 

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In July, Spotify  reported it reached nearly 300 million monthly users in the second quarter of 2020, avoiding much of the economic fallout sparked by COVID-19.

Spotify reported a total of 299 million monthly active users, representing and increase of 29 percent compared to a year earlier.

Paying subscribers in turn grew by 27 percent to 138 million, and the company said the business "continues to operate at a high level despite the continuing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic."

At the same time the streaming service reported a widened net loss of 356 million euros ($418 million).

Spotify attributed the higher than expected loss to the "impact of social charges related to the increase in our share price," but maintained that had it not been for this impact "all of our key metrics would have finished at or ahead of our expectations."

Since early April shares in Spotify, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange since April 2018, more than doubled in value.

In the year's first quarter, Spotify returned to the black even as the novel coronavirus ravaged the world economy.

Noting that the company had seen some impact on consumption in the first quarter, it now said that "all regions have fully recovered with the exception of Latin America."

Predicting continued growth in the second half of 2020, Spotify conceded that "the extraordinary operating circumstances" due to COVID-19 meant "there is a greater likelihood of variances."

*Additional reporting by AFP

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