CBS Corp.’s Last.fm announced the most listened to artist for 2009 was Lady GaGa with songs from her album, The Fame, scrobbled more than 18 million times among the site’s 35 million strong community.
The New York based singer’s phenomenal success in 2009 is underlined by the fact that the second most listened to album, Day & Age by The Killers, trailed by more than six million listens. Other artists in the Top 10 include the likes of Lily Allen, The Prodigy, Franz Ferdinand, Beyoncé and Kanye West.
For the past two weeks the music discovery site has announced its Top 40 artists of 2009 in installments via a dedicated portal on its website: www.last.fm/bestof/2009 which also includes a special Michael Jackson tribute, whose songs received over 17 million streams after his death on June 25th.
Last.fm has also created a group allowing its user base to add their own ‘Best Of’ lists, based on what they have been listening to in the past year: http://www.last.fm/group/Best+of+2009
The final installment of the Top 10 artists go live on the website 12/16, revealing that the most listened to albums of 2009 are:
Last.fm Top 10 artists of 2009*
*Last.fm has compiled the list by looking at scrobbles (tracks played) for full length albums released between October 2008 and November 2009.
Who was the hottest artist for 2009?
Last.fm can also reveal the ‘Hottest New Artists’ based on how quickly artists climbed the scrobbling charts in 2009. South London band The XX has been the fastest riser, receiving close to four million tracks scrobbled this year since their debut album launched in August of this year.
*Hot new artist number is how quickly this artist got popular (number of scrobbles divided by time) represented as temperature on a scale of 20° (warm) to 45° (scorching)