SoundExchange, the independent nonprofit performance rights organization representing the entire recorded music industry, recently released the Top Streaming Artists, Top Breakout Artists, and Top Tracks of 2014. Drake, Sam Smith, and One Republic’s “Counting Stars” topped each chart respectively.
These charts are based on data reported to SoundExchange from digital radio services including satellite radio, Internet radio, and cable radio. The recordings featured were played between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. For an artist to qualify as a “Breakout Artist,” they must have received in this last broadcast year (September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014) at least 200 times as much as ALL previous payments from SoundExchange prior to September 1, 2013.
Please see the full lists below: