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J Balvin Is Deezer’s Top Artist Worldwide of 2018

J Balvin's song 'X' (with Nicky Jam) ranked number 2 in the Deezer global charts.

J Balvin has hit a new milestone.  The streaming platform Deezer has named him as the most streamed artist worldwide in 2018.

On Tuesday (Nov. 4), Deezer announced the year-end charts and J Balvin dominates as the most streamed artist worldwide in 2018 surpassing Ed SheeranDrake, Jul, David Guetta and more. In the U.S. Drake ends as the most streamed artist.

“The goal is to be able to motivate the world to keep dreaming, make culture, make statements as Latinos on a global scale and show that Spanish is part of the new mainstream,” said J Balvin in a press release.


In a period of 12 months, J Balvin climbed 25 spots since 2017 from his previous position as 26th most streamed artist globally.  Also, his song ‘X’ (with Nicky Jam) ranked number 2 in the Deezer global charts.

Deezer’s Global VP of Artist Marketing at Deezer, Sulinna Ong, commented: “The standout act this year is J Balvin, proving that it’s possible for a non-English speaking act to break through internationally and create music that appeals to audiences all over the world.”

Brazilian singer Anitta entered the worldwide top 10 most streamed charts and is the number one streamed female worldwide. For female artists in the US, Cardi B’s “I Like It” topped the most streamed tracks at #3. 

Later this month, Deezer will reveal the “Top Songs 2018” playlist.  In the meantime, see  the artists charts below. 

Top 10 streamed global artists 2018:

J Balvin

Ed Sheeran



David Guetta


Maître Gims


Imagine Dragons



Top 10 streamed global bands 2018

Imagine Dragons

Zé Neto e Cristiano

Jorge & Mateus


Matheus & Kauan

Maroon 5

Henrique & Juliano

Linkin Park


Major Lazer


Top 10 streamed songs globally 2018:

One Kiss – Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa

X – J Balvin & Nicky Jam

God’s Plan – Drake

Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

Havana (feat. Young Thug) – Camila Cabello

FRIENDS – Marshmello & Anne-Marie

Échame la Culpa – Luis Fonsi

Mafiosa (feat. Caroliina) – Lartiste

Flames (feat. Sia) – David Guetta

SAD! – XXXTentacion


Top 10 streamed USA artists 2018:




Lil Wayne

Kevin Gates

Post Malone

Bad Bunny





Top 10 streamed songs in the USA 2018:

SAD! – XXXTentacion

God’s Plan – Drake

I Like It – Cardi B

Moonlight – XXXTentacion

Look Alive (feat. Drake) – BlocBoy JB

Better Now – Post Malone


Taste – Tyga