Lewis Capaldi, The Killers and Lady Gaga are among numerous artists that have taken Spotify by storm.
‘Mr Brightside’ is the UK’s biggest earner, with The Killers raking in more than £1 million in royalties ($1,254,087) for the 2003 classic. Meanwhile, Scottish popstar Capaldi took the lead in Ireland with $160,403 (£128,234) for his ballad Someone You Loved, while Post Malone earned $4,507,241 (£3,603,313) for Sunflower in the US. Post Malone’s Spider-Man soundtrack has gained the most earnings of any Spotify song, while The Weekend’s Blinding Lights topped the charts in 10 separate countries.
Tthe world’s most popular streaming service doesn’t get access to these tunes for free — in 2021 alone, Spotify shelled out $7billion in royalties to the music industry.’
Big names like Avicii also smashed records in Sweden with a Spotify income of $653,671 (£522,577), while James Arthur took Singapore by storm with $162,162 (£129,640). On the flip side, Tom Odell’s 2013 hit Another Love was the highest earning song in Saudi Arabia scoring $35,287 (£28,210), and The Shallow by Lady Gaga topped Iceland with $16,904 (£13,513).