Spotify reveals 2020's most-streamed songs

Drake was the most popular artist in the UK, reclaiming the number one position from Ed Sheeran.

The Weeknd's Blinding Lights was the most-played song in the UK, while Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent was the top album.

And Bad Bunny was the biggest artist globally, amassing 8.3bn streams.

The Puerto Rican star's second album YHLQMDLG notched up 3.3 billion streams, followed by The Weeknd's After Hours and Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding (You can read more about Bad Bunny's success at the bottom of this article).

Oasis' 'Wonderwall' first 90s song to hit one billion streams

The English rock band hit the milestone just two weeks ahead of the track's 25th anniversary - originally released on October 30, 1995.

The chart-topping single is featured on Oasis' second full-length album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, which turned 25 in early October.

The album was back at number three on the UK Official Album Chart on Thursday - it's highest position since 1996 - following the anniversary.

In March 1996, the song remained at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart for one week.

Spotify ad banned for causing 'distress' to children

The advert mimicked a horror film and showed young people being menaced by a scary doll when they played a particular song.

In its ruling, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the setting and events were "particularly likely" to scare younger viewers.

Spotify has been told to make sure its future adverts are fit for children to watch and are targeted appropriately.

In a statement, Spotify said: "We acknowledge the ruling from the ASA and regret any distress the ad may have caused the complainant."

Taylor Swiftly breaks four YouTube and Spotify records

In just four days, the star has broken four major streaming records, beating the likes of Adele and Ed Sheeran.

Look What You Made Me Do was played a total of 10,129,087 times on Spotify last Friday, the day of its release, more than any other song has achieved in a single day.

The video also broke YouTube's one-day streaming record.

Jay Z pulls most of his music off Spotify

Spotify told Newsbeat: "We can confirm that some of Jay Z's catalogue has been removed at the request of the artist."

Jay Z bought his own streaming service, Tidal, in 2015 for £45m.

But it only has around three million subscribers.

That compares to Spotify's 50 million paying subscribers and Apple Music's 20 million while Deezer, Google Play Music and Amazon Music still lag behind.

Spotify ads 'launched virus pop-ups'

The so-called malvertising affected Spotify's subscription-free service on Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

People reported that virus-infected pop-up websites were appearing while they listened to music.

Spotify said in a statement: "We have now identified the source of the problem and have shut it down."

It said "questionable website pop-ups" had affected a "small number of users".

Adele's 25 to be available on streaming sites

When it was released in November, it could only be bought physically or downloaded.

The album, which will be available to members on Friday, includes the songs Hello and When We Were Young.

In June, Apple reached an agreement with two leading indie music groups, paving the way for thousands of labels to join its new streaming service.

Kanye West sued over streaming Life of Pablo

The Life of Pablo was made available to outside music services on April 1, mere weeks after Yeezy vowed it would only ever be available on TIDAL.

Now, a fan has filed a potential class-action lawsuit in San Francisco in objection to Kanye West going back on his initial promise.

Justin Baker-Rhett is accusing the rapper and TIDAL of collecting user data for 2 million new subscribers under false pretenses (via Billboard).

The suit also alleges that West broke a vow to never sell The Life of Pablo by eventually making it available for purchase on his website.

Spotify's new feature is all about undiscovered artists

Fresh Finds uses both human and software-based 'tastemakers' to create genre-specific playlists comprised of music from grassroots musicians.

Users have five genre options to choose from - Fire Emoji (hip-hop), Basement (electronic), Hiptronix (vocal pop), Six Strings (guitar driven) and Cyclone (experimental).

Housed in the Spotify app's Browse tab, the playlists will be updated with the hits of tomorrow every Wednesday to keep your streaming from turning stale.


Spotify is giving away a free Chromecast to first-time subscribers

The music streaming service is giving away a free Chromecast to first-time subscribers who take out a three-month subscription.

The deal is valid in the UK and US until February 28, but anyone who has held a premium account in the past does not qualify for the freebie.

Spotify has launched the promotion at a time when TIDAL is shooting up the App Store charts thanks to its exclusivity deal on Kanye West's Life of Pablo.

Meanwhile, Apple Music has emerged as a credible threat to Spotify's dominance, having reached 11 million paying customers in its first year.