Some 2018 musical facts:
12 hours of music are uploaded to SoundCloud every minute.
The Grammy’s committee chose Alessia Cara as 2018’s Best New Artist.
The rapper Juice Wrld reportedly signed a $3 million deal before his songs were on Apple, Spotify, or TIDAL.
Cardi B and Lauryn Hill are the only female rappers with solo American number one hits.
Drake’s 2018 number one hit, Nice for What, was streamed more than 10 million times in 24 hours on Apple Music.
In 2018, it takes an average of 220 streams for an independent artist to make $1 on major streaming platforms.
The shortest track to make the UK chart in 2018 was XXXtentcion’s Bad. It reached number 23 and was timed at one minute and 31 seconds.
And the longest? Hugh Jackman and the Greatest Showman Ensemble’s From Now On which crept into the chart at number 71 and was five minutes and 45 seconds long.
Of the 16 number ones of 2018, the shortest was Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid’s Eastside which was two minutes and 49 seconds and the longest was Clean Bandit Featuring Demi Lovato’s Solo at a mere three minutes 39 seconds.
Whilst Ed Sheeran holds the record for the most entries in the UK chart at one time, Post Malone holds that record in the States. In May 2018, All 18 songs from his Beerbongs & Bentleys album made the Hot 100, nine of them in the top 20.