Spotify, the world’s leading music platform, on Monday launched a worldwide campaign celebrating the role women play in music with a section highlighting the top ten most-streamed female artists so far this year.
Billie Eilish, 18, topped the list for Egypt and the rest of the world in January and February with song hearings exceeding 10.3 billion.
Roughly 60 million people listened to Eilish’s songs monthly, with 1.2 billion hearings for her hit “Bad Guy”. Her theme for the new James Bond film “No Time to Die” (2020), starring Daniel Craig and Rami Malek, was recently released.
Eilish is an American singer and songwriter who garnered media attention in 2016 when she uploaded the song “Ocean Eyes” to Sound Cloud.
She made history as the youngest and second person ever to win the four main Grammy categories (Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year) in the same year.
In 2019, TIME placed Eilish on its inaugural Time 100 next list.
American singer Halsey ranked as the second most popular singer in Egypt so far, followed by Sia Furler, Camilla Cabello, Tones and I, Selena Gomez.
According to Spotify, Billie Eillish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Camila Cabello ranked the top five most-streamed female artists in the world
Egypt’s own Sherine Abdel Wahab ranked seventh among the most popular female artists in Egypt, followed by Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Fairuz.
Abdel Wahab’s voice has been hailed as among the most powerful and distinct in Egypt and the Arab world. Her first album “Free Mix3 – Tamer & Sherine”, with Tamer Hosni, debuted on September 2002 with sales hitting 20 million copies across the Middle East and North Africa.
She has even dabbled in acting, starring in the film “Mido Mashakel” in 2003 and the TV series “Tareey” in 2005.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm