The LP (long play) record was first released in 1948. For years, it was the primary way Americans listened to music. It began to be replaced by the CD (compact disc) in the early 1980s. Around the same time, Sony introduced the “Walkman”, a portable music player.
The next major evolution in the way people listened to music was “iTunes”, Apple allowed people to listen to electronically stored content. In 2013, Russ Crupnick, senior vice president of industry analysis at NPD, commented, “Since the launch of Apple’s iTunes store, digital music downloads have become the primary source of revenue from the recorded music industry, and iTunes continues to be the main source of revenue. retailer.”
The fact that the vast majority of people listen to music online has changed the world for the artists who produce it.
24/7 Tempo selected the artist with the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) Best-Selling Digital Singles. For context, digital singles sales data has been collected by the RIAA since 2004 and there are 422 artists with at least 5 million certified units in the category. We’ve included a popular single for each artist we’ve considered using data from the Billboard Hot 100 chart. All data is as of January 2022.
2021 has been an increasingly important year for a few of the artists on this list, solidifying their momentum and current relevance. For example, Drake’s WIN of the “Top Streaming Songs Artist” award and Lady Gaga’s WIN of the “Top Dance/Electronic Artist” award at the 2021 Billboard music Awards.
Additionally, in the wake of the pandemic, some artists like Ed Sheeran (who contracted Covid-19 last year), persevered with home performances and a new album release in the fall of 2021.
The artist who has sold the most music online is Drake. Here are the details:
> Digital singles: 163.5 million
> Longest running single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Hotline Bling” (36 weeks)
> “Hotline Bling” peaked on the chart: April 23, 2016
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