Drake tops iTunes' year-end music lists


December 08, 2016

Drake was all over Apple Music this year, so perhaps no surprise that the rapper tops the iTunes music lists as well.

Drake's album Views was the best-seller in iTunes, while his hit One Dance was the most popular single.

Drake debuted his album on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio in the spring.

Rihanna, who collaborated with Drake on her smash Work, held the number-two spot on the top album's list with Anti; while Adele's 25, Frank Ocean's Blonde, which also debuted on Apple, and Justin Bieber's Purpose rounded out the top five.

Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling was the number-two song of the year, followed by Rihanna's Work, Flo Rida's My House, and Lukas Graham's 7 Years.

The list is determined by iTunes downloads and streams from Apple Music, which has over 20 million subscribers.

In an interview, Eddy Cue, senior vice-president of Internet Software and Services at Apple, said that 60 per cent of those using Apple Music had not purchased any music from iTunes and noted the growth in its exclusives with artistes, from Frank Ocean to Chance the Rapper.

Elsewhere on iTunes in 2016, the top paid app was Minecraft: Pocket Edition, while the most popular free app was Snapchat.

The top movie was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the most popular TV show was Game of Thrones, Season 6.