Hozier's song third most-streamed in UK this year
HOZIER's Take Me To Church has been the third most-streamed song in the UK so far this year.
The Wicklow singer's success has added to a huge rise in streaming with 500 million tracks streamed in a single week. Data from the Official Charts Company showed there were 505,849,000 audio streams in the chart week ending last Thursday - almost double the 275 million the same time the year before.
There were 14.8 billion streams in 2014 and figures show there have already been 11.5 billion in the first half of this year.
Among the 59 tracks streamed more than 10 million times in the UK so far this year was Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, which was streamed more than 45 million times making it the year's most-streamed track.
Ed Sheeran topped the chart for the most streamed act over the same period with more than 170 million streams. He was ahead of Sam Smith, in second place, and Hozier in third.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of UK industry body the BPI, said: "It's remarkable that we now speak of billions of audio streams per month - it demonstrates vividly just how quickly streaming is being embraced by fans.
"As more consumers explore the enhanced experience offered by premium quality subscriptions such as Apple Music and Spotify Premium, it will help our world-leading record labels invest even more into unearthing the next generation of talent for fans here and around the world."
Top 10 most-streamed songs: January to June 2015.
1: Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
2: Omi - Cheerleader
3: Hozier -Take Me To The Church
4: Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
5: Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
6: Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth -See You Again
7: James Bay - Hold Back The River
8: Maroon 5 - Sugar
9: Years and Years - King
10: Major Lazer featuring Mo and DJ Snake - Lean On