Spotify names its 25 'hottest' musicians under 25

One Direction and Sam Smith

British artists including One Direction, Sam Smith and Birdy have been named in Spotify's list of the hottest 25 artists under 25 years old.

Swedish DJ Avicii has topped the list, after being the first artist to reach one billion streams on Spotify.

Lorde was second, while Miley Cyrus, whose songs are streamed through the service more than 1.5 million times a day, completes the top three.

Boy band One Direction, in fourth, are the highest British act in the chart.

Lorde
Image caption New Zealand singer Lorde is the youngest name on the list at 17

The former X Factor band's music gets more than one million streams globally every day.

Spotify compiled the list by looking at number one hits, volume of growth of streams and shares along with viral chart success from the past year.

Other UK acts on the list include John Newman, Rita Ora, Jake Bugg and Disclosure with Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Jason Derulo making the top 10.

Avicii said: "This has been such an incredible year, and taking the top spot on Spotify's 25 Under 25 (just a few months before my 25th birthday!) is unbelievable.

"I truly love what I do and I'm so grateful to my fans and to Spotify for being such enthusiastic supporters of my music."

Justin Beiber

Justin Bieber, who has hit headlines recently after making racist comments and getting in to trouble with the law, narrowly missed out on making the top 10.

His 900,000 streams a day helped place him in 11th. His top track on Spotify is Beauty and a Beat with more than 50m streams in total, followed closely by As Long As You Love Me.

Fancy by Iggy Azalea, who placed 10th on the list, is one of Spotify's most streamed hip-hop tracks with rappers YG, Earl Sweatshirt and Joey Badass all featuring in the top 25.

Demi Lovato, German DJ Zedd, The Neighbourhood and Sky Ferreira also appear.

Other names on the list include Hunter Hayes, Phillip Phillips and Hozier.

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