Ed Sheeran named most influential artist under 25



‘Thinking Out Loud’ hitmaker Ed Sheeran has topped Spotify’s list of the most influential artists under 25.

Ed Sheeran has topped Spotify’s list of the most influential artists under the age of 25.

The 24-year-old star was the company’s most streamed artist of 2014 and his ballad ‘Thinking Out Loud’ is also the most-streamed song of all time, thereby justifying his position at the top of the chart.

Second place on the list – which is is based on total streams, number one hits, and volume and growth of streams over the past 12 months – went to US singer Ariana Grande, with Britain’s Sam Smith in third position.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus was named in fourth and One Direction – who were reduced to a four-piece band in March after the departure of Zayn Malik – were listed in fifth.

One prominent name who did not feature on the list was Taylor Swift, who decided to remove her hits from the streaming service in November last year, arguing artists were not being fairly rewarded for their music.

Taylor previously said: “I think there should be an inherent value placed on art.

“I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things.”

Spotify’s Top 10 most influential artists under the age of 25:

1. Ed Sheeran

2. Ariana Grande

3. Sam Smith

4. Miley Cyrus

5. One Direction

6. Disclosure

7. Selena Gomez

8. Rae Sremmurd

9. Demi Lovato

10. Fifth Harmony


  • Vicie2007

    this cheating is as a result of stiff competition anyway we should have expected it why lie?

  • Alibaba

    Congrats to all, the sky is the limit for all of you

    • Angie Achieng

      I disagree. Why should the sky be the limit, when [already] there are footsteps on the moon? The limit for these youngsters should only be their ingenuity and ambition.

      • Kmchidziy

        who told you the moon is below the sky? Think beyond your nose.

  • Kenyanhalisi

    We just need a non competitive education system. I have lost faith in 8-4-4, too much competition in school. I moved my children to another system. The Ministry of Education needs to get serious.

    • Kenyanhalisi

      And they are doing very well all round. Sports, School & socially. However, it is expensive and i have had to make many sacrifices.

  • Binodero

    There must a mad man in every market this is no new trick to the public

  • Gatwechi Kamau

    Why is Hassan  Omar quiet he should contest why is it the two top students are from a community he does not like according to his articles

    • Pkariukid

      Hassan does not need to reply, the best thing is to ignore such brains. He should be joining Atwoli in fighting for poor Kenyans over sky rocketing food prices instead of wasting time playing communities politics. What God has CHOSEN no man can bring it DOWN

    • Franokubasu

      Kenyans are very myopic people! Why do you drag in ethnicity in matters of academics. And who told you that when Alliance leads in the exams there are no students with Cs from the school?

  • Aswanicharles2

    Hongera to all the candidates who came out succefful. The ministry should put in more efforts and post better results in future. The system can be changed but it requires alot of considerations. You ca not wake up one morning and claim to change a National schools system.

  • Saki

    Very few Luopeans in the top list this year!!!

    • Franokubasu

      And who told you it is their birthright to be at the top? They must sweat like any other Kenyans!

  • Ayubu

    Why does most schools from Gusii region  perform so poorly and yet the minister for education comes from this region?

    • Franokubasu

      what is the relationship between the origin of an education minister and the exams performance in that area-did u want him to help his people cheat?

  • Mwangijurist

    Where is Hassan Omar,,,I too don’t like that the two leading kids,,all from the same community ,

    • Kimaru

      Just go fuck yourself. Not two but three fool and I think they should all be 10/10. Its called Money power and Kikuyu got what it take

  • Lacylay

    Many a times the top students are never heard of again. One wonders what happens after all the hype and the lights go off. Was it mere luck or anything else? There is no question about their success but was just wondering if they don’t get the same kind of motivation in the new schools’ like in previous schools.

    • Hannah

      me too ai really wanda especially in secondary schools

  • Nickmania

    The slippers cheat is too slippery. Everybody will notice the thud and ask What??!! . Please lets join hands to do away with such vices completely. instead of thinking of how to get answers to the exam questions by cheating, pupils should think harder dealing with  solutions to get correct answers by themselves.

  • Hogs Fan Forever

    We love you Ed!

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