Drake overtakes Justin Bieber on Spotify to become world's most streamed artist

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Drake has overtaken fellow Canadian Justin Bieber as the most streamed artist on Spotify.

He's achieved that despite having a deal with the company's rival Apple Music, where he initially released his latest record Views as an exclusive.

Up until Wednesday, Drake had 3.21 billion streams globally, compared with 3.18 billion for Justin Bieber, according to music aggregator Kworb.

The site compiles figures that appear on Spotify's various charts.

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That means that actual numbers are higher as it doesn't include streams when songs don't enter the top 200.

Ed Sheeran is well behind in third place at 2.15 billion, followed by another Canadian, The Weeknd.

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Drake's surge to take him past Justin Bieber comes days after Views became available on Spotify after an exclusive two-week period on Apple Music.

The songs on the album, including Hotline Bling, were streamed 245.1 million times in the US in the week after its release on 29 April.

That beat the previous record set by Justin Bieber's Purpose in November.

Meanwhile, Views has become the first album released in 2016 to sell more than a million copies in America, according to tracking service Nielsen Music.

Drake has said that Views pays tribute to his hometown of Toronto in Canada.

He'd spoken about the project for two years but put out two mix tapes that both topped the US album chart in that time.

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