December 3, 2014
2015 is right around the corner but before we get to the new year, let’s take some time to celebrate music’s biggest accomplishments in 2014. SoundExchange has put together three exclusive charts revealing the top streaming artists, top breakout artists and top tracks from the past year. Topping these lists, respectively, are Drake, Sam Smith, and One Republic’s “Counting Stars.”
These charts are based on data reported to SoundExchange from digital radio services including satellite radio, Internet radio, and cable radio. The recordings featured were played between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. For an artist to qualify as a “Breakout Artist,” that artist must have earned 100% of their SoundExchange royalties (of all time) between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014.