Most Listened to Musicians of 2017

1. Ed Sheeran

Born on the 17th of February 1991, Edward Christopher Sheeran is an English guitarist, singer, actor, and songwriter. While he was born in West Yorkshire, Sheeran was raised in Suffolk. He released his first album in September 2011, which was titled + (pronounced plus). This album topped the charts in the United Kingdom and Australia. Also, it got to number 5 on the U.S. charts and had been certified seven-times platinum since in the United Kingdom. This Sheeran’s debut album contains a popular hit, The A-Team that helped him clinch the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song musically and Lyrically. Ed Sheeran has won many awards and has recorded the sales of one hundred million singles and over twenty-six million music albums worldwide. This feat makes him one of the best-selling musicians in the world.

2. Bruno Mars

Known with the stage name, Bruno Mars, Peter Gene Hernandez was born to a family of musicians on the 8th of October 1985, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is an American record producer, singer, and songwriter, who released his debut album in 2010. He is a multiple award winner whose collection of awards and accolades consists of 3 Brit Awards, 11 Grammy Awards, 3 Guinness World Records and more. In 2011, Mars was named one of the most influential people by Time Magazine.

3. Drake

Drake, born on the 24th of October 1986, started out as an actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation, a teen drama TV series in the early 2000s. It was at that juncture that the Canadian singer, rapper, actor, and songwriter started gaining popularity. He switched to music around 2007 and released his debut mix-tape in the same year. Aubrey Drake Graham is a holder of multiple Billboard chart records. He has won 3 Grammy Awards, 6 American Music Awards, and 3 Juno Awards. Also, Drake is among the most acclaimed rappers in this century and holds a record 13 Billboard Music Awards.

4. Kendrick Lamar

The full name of this American songwriter cum rapper is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth. He was born in California on the 17th of June 1987. Section.80 was his debut album, which was released in 2011. Kendrick Lamar has won many accolades throughout his music career: 12 Grammy Awards; he was named by MTV as the number one Hottest MC in the Game in 2013; in 2016, Lamar was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world, and so on.

5. The Weekend

The Weekend – whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye – was born on the 16th of February 1990. He is a Canadian record producer, singer as well as songwriter. After releasing Kiss Land, his debut studio album in 2013, he has produced a number of other albums and many singles, some of which are critically acclaimed worldwide. The Weekend is a winner of 3 Grammy Awards as well as 9 Juno Awards. His single, Starboy, released in 2016, got the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

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