Drake tops iTunes' year-end mu­sic lists

Kuwait Times - - LIFE­STYLE -

Drake was all over Ap­ple Mu­sic this year, so per­haps no sur­prise the rap­per tops the iTunes mu­sic lists as well. Drake's al­bum "Views" was the best-seller in iTunes, while his hit "One Dance" was the most pop­u­lar sin­gle. Drake de­buted his al­bum on Ap­ple Mu­sic's Beats 1 Ra­dio in the spring. Rihanna, who col­lab­o­rated with Drake on her smash "Work," held the No. 2 spot on the top al­bum's list with "Anti," while Adele's "25," Frank Ocean's "Blonde," which also de­buted on Ap­ple, and Justin Bieber's "Pur­pose" rounded out the top five. Justin Tim­ber­lake's "Can't Stop the Feel­ing" was the No. 2 song of the year, fol­lowed by Rihanna's "Work," Flo Rida's "My House" and Lukas Gra­ham's "7 Years."

The list is de­ter­mined by iTunes down­loads and streams from Ap­ple Mu­sic, which has over 20 mil­lion sub­scribers. In an in­ter­view, Eddy Cue, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of In­ter­net Soft­ware and Ser­vices at Ap­ple, said that 60 per­cent of those us­ing Ap­ple Mu­sic had not pur­chased any mu­sic from iTunes, and noted the growth in its ex­clu­sives with artist, from Frank Ocean to Chance the Rap­per. "At the end of the day, we work for the artist. What we are do­ing is about mak­ing sure that we make it easy with our tech­nolo­gies for them to cre­ate mu­sic, and with our tech­nolo­gies, for them to be able to dis­trib­ute mu­sic and for them to make a great liv­ing do­ing that," he said.

Cue said one of the big­gest lessons learned is Ap­ple Mu­sic was mak­ing it eas­ier for con­sumers to use, from ac­cess to its playlists to its ra­dio sta­tions on Beats 1. Zane Lowe, who runs Ap­ple's Beats 1 Ra­dio, said the in­te­gra­tion of all plat­forms is key for Ap­ple Mu­sic as well. "When you go to browse, you know that there's an al­bum out, but there's also an in­ter­view that's just been done that there's at­tached to that, and there's a playlist to that," he said. Else­where on iTunes in 2016, the top paid app was Minecraft: Pocket Edi­tion, while the most pop­u­lar free app was Snapchat; the top movie was "Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens," and the most pop­u­lar TV show was "Game of Thrones, Sea­son 6."

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