Who’s the most popular music artist in the world right now? Check out the cross-platform best-performing artists in February 2023.

Here are the artists racking up the most streams and gaining the most new fans across the music world in 2023. As an artists gets more follows and listens on Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora, Deezer, SoundCloud and other streaming platforms, and the better they perform on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and across the rest of social media, the closer they get to becoming the biggest artist in the world.

Since we checked the rankings last May there’s been a fair amount of movement amongst the top 10, and some new entries in the top spots. Drake replaces Justin Bieber as the number one best performing artist, as Bieber falls to eighth place. The second most popular artist is Shakira, a new entry riding high off the viral success of a revenge diss track about her ex, which gained 63 million views in 24 hours on YouTube.

BTS meanwhile have dropped from the top 10 since we last checked in 2022, despite millions of followers across socials and billions of plays on streaming services. Miley Cyrus is another newcomer to the list, having released new song “Flowers” and announced an album is coming in 2023.

Any surprises here amongst the most popular artists in 2023?

The data is based on Chartmetric’s cross platform performance analysis, which takes into account the artist’s overall reach with listeners in terms of listens, views and consumption, and how many followers the artist has in their fanbase across the web.

Who’s your number one artist in 2023?

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