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Friday 9 December 2016

Ed sets record as 2 billion stream album

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Singer Ed Sheeran has hit a new record on Spotify - becoming the first British artist to reach two billion streams in the site's history.

Only one other artist - US rapper Eminem - has previously achieved the feat.

The star (24) who is currently on a world tour, already claimed the record as the most-streamed Spotify artist of 2014.

He has notched up a new milestone after the release of just two albums.

Mark Mitchell, general manager of Atlantic Records UK, said: "Ed achieving two billion streams on just two albums is a phenomenal achievement."

Last year, Taylor Swift pulled her catalogue from Spotify.

She went on to put her music on Jay Z's subscription-based music service Tidal.

But Sheeran has said that his popularity on the site helped his career.

"For me, Spotify helps me do what I want to do," he has said.

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