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Spotify Wrapped 2021 latest news – Fans furious as thousands complain app is crashing and yearly review not working

IT'S the moment we've all been waiting for...

'Tis the season to be jolly, for Spotify Wrapped 2021 was released at 2pm UK time (9am Eastern Time) - meaning you can now see your most-listened-to songs and artists of this year.

On a desktop you can go to Spotify.com/wrapped and click "Start" to view the overall roundup.

If you want to see your personal Spotify Wrapped you'll need to go on the app.

Spotify Wrapped is available for both Premium and non-paying users but subscribers get to learn a bit more about their listening habits.

Read our Spotify Wrapped live blog below for the latest news and updates...

  • Zayn Malik shares his Spotify artist stats on Instagram story

  • Twitter reacts to Wrapped

    One user said: "I wish all apps did a Wrapped, like an Indeed Wrapped where you see all the job interviews you botched horribly, or Uber Eats Wrapped where you see how many calories you consumed after you got dumped"

    "It's always a lot of tedious work and can take up a lot of time, but I do enjoy good end-of-year wrap-ups. It's nice to take a look back and remember that January 2021 was not actually 10 years ago, but 11 months ago," commented another.

  • Who is Bad Bunny?

    Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny emerged as the most-streamed global artist of 2021, achieving more than 9.1 billion streams.

    Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, better known by his stage name Bad Bunny, is a Puerto Rican reggeaton artist.

    His music is often defined as Latin trap and reggaeton, but he has incorporated various other genres into his music, including rock, bachata, and soul.

    He is also known for his deep, slurred vocal style and his eclectic fashion sense.

    Born and raised in the municipality of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny gained popularity on SoundCloud and was eventually signed to a record label while working in a supermarket as a bagger and studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo.

  • What did Taylor Swift say about Driver's License?

    After realising her new single, Drivers License, went number three on the iTunes chart, Rodrigo posted a screenshot of her achievement, especially since Swift was taking the other two spots in front of her.

    "Next to Taylor on the US iTunes chart. I’m in a puddle of tears," the 17-year-old wrote on her Instagram.

    Swift responded to Rodrigo's post with some high praise for the young singer, "I say that's my baby and I'm really proud."

    Rodrigo wrote back to Swift saying, "Crying like a baby! Thank you for everything u do!!!!!"

    Rodrigo's Driver's License single was the most streamed globally for 2021 on Spotify.

  • Being filmed is Spotify newcomer star's secret to success, says producer

    She simply asks her producer, Daniel Nigro, to film her singing.

    At first, he couldn't understand it. "I'm a person who buckles under pressure," he explains. "You put me on camera and all of a sudden I get in my head and I can't perform.

    "But with Olivia, it's the exact opposite. You'd say, 'OK, we're filming you, people are watching', and all of a sudden she gives the performance of a lifetime. It became a bit of a joke between us."

    There's a logic to her approach. Rodrigo started out as an actress, first in the Disney series Bizaardvark, then in the hit streaming show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. She's used to switching into performance mode when the red light goes on.

    "Acting definitely comes into play for me when I'm recording," she admits. "I'm so into it, I will screw up my face and act out every word I'm singing.

    "I think that makes the performance on the eventual record so much more impactful."

  • Newcomer Olivia Rodrigo dominated 2021 Wrapped

    The most-streamed songs were dominated by relatively new blood, including Olivia Rodrigo with her debut single – the understated power ballad, “drivers license” – which was played more than 1.1 billion times this year following its release in January.

    This was followed up by Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, from his debut album, Montero. Justin Bieber teamed up with newcomer The Kid LAROI for their viral hit “STAY”, making it to No 3 on the most-streamed songs of the year, followed by another of Rodrigo’s songs, the kiss-off track “Good 4 U”.

    Dua Lipa’s single “Levitating” ft DaBaby rounded off the top five – Lipa condemned the rapper in July after he made a series of homophobic comments about people living with AIDS and HIV during Rolling Loud Festival.

  • Bad Bunny most streamed for second year running

    Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny emerged as the most-streamed global artist of 2021, achieving more than 9.1 billion streams.

    This comes after he became the most-decorated artist at the 2021 Billboard Latin Music Awards, receiving 10 gongs including Artist of the Year.

    He also featured on the single “Volví”, by Dominican-American band Aventura, in August; he released “Lo Siento BB:/” with Tainy and Julieta Venegas in October.

    At the Latin Grammy Awards in November, he received prizes for Best Urban Music Album (El Último Tour Del Mundo) and Best Rap/Hip Hop Song (for his January single “Booker T”).

  • What is Spotify Radio?

    There is an option for premium members to access Spotify Radio, which is a station based off of any artist, album, playlist, or song.

    Users are also able to save specific stations that they like.

    Spotify also offers podcasts.

    The music streaming app was founded on April 23, 2006, in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Does Spotify offer a student discount?

    For only $4.99 per month, Spotify offers a premium plan to college students.

    The offer is only available to students at an accredited higher education institution.

    On top of everything included in the individual premium package, the student package includes access to an ad-supported Hulu plan and SHOWTIME streaming service.

    Only one account can be used per student package, unlike the duo and family plans.

  • How much is Spotify premium?

    For an individual package, the price is $9.99 per month. The individual package allows one account, and features ad-free music, offline listening, and on-demand playback.

    The duo package allows two accounts to share a premium membership for the price of $12.99 per month.

    With the duo package, both accounts will be added to the Duo Mix, which is a regularly updated playlist featuring music both users might like.

    Spotify also offers a family package, which houses up to six accounts for the price of $15.99 per month. This package features the option to block explicit music, as well as offering Spotify Kids - a seperate app made specifically for children.

    The family package also includes a Family Mix, which is a playlist featuring songs from each user on the plan.

  • Spotify's Apple spat

    In July 2015, Spotify launched an email campaign to urge its App Store subscribers to cancel their subscriptions and start new ones through its website, bypassing the 30% transaction fee for in-app purchases required for iOS applications by technology company Apple Inc.

    A later update to the Spotify app on iOS was rejected by Apple, prompting Spotify's general counsel Horacio Gutierrez to write a letter to Apple's then-general counsel Bruce Sewell, stating: "This latest episode raises serious concerns under both U.S. and EU competition law.

    "It continues a troubling pattern of behavior by Apple to exclude and diminish the competitiveness of Spotify on iOS and as a rival to Apple Music.

    "we cannot stand by as Apple uses the App Store approval process as a weapon to harm competitors."

    Sewell responded to the letter: "There is nothing in Apple's conduct that 'amounts to a violation of applicable antitrust laws.' Far from it. ... I would be happy to facilitate an expeditious review and approval of your app as soon as you provide us with something that is compliant with the App Store's rules".

  • Top British artists of 2021

    Grime and rap taking precedence this year out of the UK's talent, with of course icons Adele and Ed Sheeran also taking centre stage.

    1. Ed Sheeran
    2. Dave, Stormzy
    3. Dua Lipa
    4. Arctic Monkeys
    5. Little Mix
    6. Adele
    7. D-Block Europe, Central CEe
    8. Coldplay
    9. AJ Tracey
    10. KSI

    And although they are not in the top 10, The Beetles, Queen and Elton John are in the top 20 - through vinyl and straight onto Spotify, it's a very impressive show of their timelessness. Still the most listened to in the UK half a century later!

  • Top Spotify artists globally for 2021

    The pop music of the Spanish speaking world, reggaeton, is finally making its mark on the global scene with Bad Bunny and J Balvin snatching top streaming crowns.

    1. Bad Bunny
    2. Taylor Swift
    3. BTS
    4. Drake
    5. Justin Bieber
    6. The Weeknd
    7. J Balvin, Maria Becerra
    8. Ariana Grande
    9. Olivia Rodrigo
    10. Juice WRLD
  • 2020 hacking incident

    On 3 July 2020, cybersecurity firm vpnMentor discovered a database containing 380 million individual records, including the logins and passwords of Spotify users.

    The database was thought to be evidence of an impending credential stuffing cyber attack targeting Spotify as it contained the credentials of up to 350,000 compromised user accounts.

    In response to the attack, Spotify issued a rolling reset of passwords for affected accounts in November 2020.

  • Why's it called 'Spotify'?

    Co-founders Martin Lorentzon and Daniel Ek were randomly yelling out potential names when Ek misheard Spotify, they recount.

    After a quick Google search, he recognised the name was not taken and shortly after registered the domain.

    Ek also claims Spotify stems from 'Spot' and 'Identify'.

  • Is Spotify Wrapped only available for premium users? 

    It is available for both Free and Premium users, but Premium users get extra personalized data.

    This includes the number of artists they discovered that year.

    It will also be their top new artist from that year.

  • What are the most popular world Spotify songs in 2021?

    Similar to the UK, Olivia Rodrigo is dominating the charts.

    Olivia Rodrigo’s Driver's License

    Lil Nas X’s MONTERO

    STAY (with Justin Bieber) by The Kid LAROI 

    Good 4 u by Olivia Rodrigo 

    Levitating (feat. DaBaby) by Dua Lipa

  • How many subscribers does Spotify have?

    It is the world's largest music streaming service provider, with over 381 million monthly active users, including 172 million paying subscribers, as of September 2021

    It was founded in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden, by Daniel Ek, former and Martin Lorentzon who had backgrounds in big internet start ups and marketing companies.

    In February 2009, Spotify opened public registration for the free service tier in the United Kingdom. Registrations surged following the release of the mobile service, leading Spotify to halt registration for the free service in September, returning the UK to an invitation-only policy.

    Spotify launched in the United States in July 2011 and offered a six-month ad-supported trial period, where new users could listen to an unlimited amount of music for free. In January 2012, the free trial periods began to expire, and limited users to ten hours of streaming each month and five plays per song. In March, Spotify removed all limits on the free service tier indefinitely.

  • Spotify's top 10 UK rap songs of 2021

    1. SW - Welcome to Brixton
    2. Tion Wayne, Russ Millions, ArrDee, e1 (3x3), ZT (3x3), Bugsy Malone - Body (Remix)
    3. Central Cee - Loading
    4. Bigga D, AJ Tracey - Bringing It Back
    5. Dave, Stormzy - Clash (feat. Stormzy)
    6. Fumez The Engineer, A92, Offica - Plugged in Freestyle
    7. Central Cee - Commitment Issues
    8. SR - Practice Makes Perfect
    9. ArrDee - Oliver Twist
    10. 2smokeyy - Corn
  • Top UK artists for 2021

    1. Drake
    2. Taylor Swift
    3. Ed Sheeran
    4. Justin Bieber
    5. Juice WRLD, Marshmello
    6. Olivia Rodrigo
    7. Kanye West
    8. Eminem
    9. The Weeknd
    10. Ariana Grande
  • Top Spotify tracks of 2021

    1. Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u
    2. Olivia Rodrigo - drivers license
    3. Ed Sheeran - Bad Habits
    4. Lil Nas X - MONTERO
    5. Glass Animals - Heat Waves
    6. The Kid LAROI, Justin Bieber - STAY
    7. Doja Cat, SZA - Kiss Me More
    8. Dua Lipa, DaBaby - Levitating
    9. Joel Corry, MNEK - Head & Heart
    10. Riton - Friday (feat. Mufasa & Hypeman) - Dopamine Re-edit
  • What is Spotify Wrapped and how does it work?

    Every year, Spotify users get a list of artists, songs and podcasts they listened to most throughout the year.

    The application generates a list based on data it collects from total minutes listened and listen-count.

    The campaign debuted in 2015 by the name of Your Year in Music and became Wrapped in 2017. 

    Brendan Codey, associate director for Creator Growth and Programs at Spotify, told Newsweek that the feature uses all data from January 1 to October 31.

    In 2020, Spotify's mobile app downloads increased by 21 percent in the first week of December, according to Moengage.

  • Harry & Meghan Markle working to protect £18m Spotify podcast deal

    Harry and Meghan are working to protect their £18million podcast deal after failing to produce any content this year — leaving Spotify chiefs mystified.

    Pressure has been mounting on the pair to follow up the only episode of their multi-year contract — a solitary 35-minute holiday special last December.

    One source said: “Spotify were delighted when they signed the couple, but the lack of content has mystified them. Particularly as they seem to have no problem producing content for other platforms.”

    The Sun understands Harry and Meghan, who hired veteran podcast producer Rebecca Sanaes as their head of audio in August, will announce a raft of new episodes in time for Christmas.

    Read the full story.

  • Why is my Spotify wrapped not showing up?

    It's not clear what's causing issues with the feature. It's likely just a consequence of it gradually rolling out to users over several hours.

    First, open safari and click on the Spotify wrapped 2021 web page.

    Once you have done this there should be a button that says 'Download Spotify'.

    Read the full story here.

  • Some Spotify users have no Wrapped option on the app

    Spotify's 2021 Wrapped rolled out on December 1, with users told that their personalised lists are available through the Spotify app.

    In previous years, the lists have been available on Spotify's website. It appears the new system is having teething troubles.

    Many users are reporting that Wrapped 2021 isn't showing up when they open the app, despite supposedly launching hours ago.