Elvis Tops Again, Now Streaming

Even in the world of digitally streaming music, Elvis Presley is still the King.

According to SoundExchange, a performance rights organization that collects royalties from more than 2,000 digital music services, Presley ranks as the most frequently streamed artist of the past decade, followed by Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam.

Contemporary R&B and hip-hop acts are well represented on the SoundExchange list, with Rihanna ranking No. 4, Drake No. 5, Usher No. 6 and Lil Wayne No. 7. But the list clearly favors classic rock acts, with The Beatles coming in at No. 8 and the Grateful Dead at No. 10. Country-pop queen Taylor Swift completes the list, ranking ninth.

"I find it interesting you've got Elvis Presley, you've got The Beatles," says Marie Knowles, SoundExchange's vice president of communication. "They're among the most listened to on this new platform. These are iconic rock acts, and they've got staying power."

Satellite radio appears to have a particularly heavy influence on the SoundExchange rankings. The top three acts — Presley, Springsteen and Pearl Jam – all have dedicated channels on Sirius XM, as does the Grateful Dead.

SoundExchange, founded in 2003, collects royalty payments for artists and rights holders from the digital music services, which include satellite radio and streaming television services like Music Choice. Internet radio stations such as Pandora and iHeartRadio, as well as Internet music sites like Last.fm, comprise the majority of the services the organization licenses. The organization's payments are calculated based on how many times the organization receives reports that a user actually listened to a particular track.

SoundExchange does not license on-demand services like YouTube and Spotify, where listeners choose to play specific tracks.

Here's the list of SoundExchange's top 10 digitally streamed artists, for 2003 to 2013.

Elvis Presley
Bruce Springsteen
Pearl Jam
Rihanna
Drake
Usher
Lil Wayne
The Beatles
Taylor Swift
Grateful Dead

Source: USA Today / Updated: Oct 3, 2013
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Reactions

Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 7, 2013report abuse
Lil Wayne? Why is he called like that?..
mature_elvis_fan75 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 4, 2013report abuse
Yes,i guess if you download,at least your not buying the same thing over and over again,since there are so many compilations.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 4, 2013report abuse
Quite some achievement! An artist whose death took place long before the revolutionary changes in the modern digital musical field in the lead. Obviously it is not just the older generation who listens to his music, whilst many of the older fans (I know) hardly ever listen to internet/streaming. Well, I should maybe, but my playlist suffices for my daily shot of uplifting Elvis music.

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