Spotify releases list of biggest songs and artistes on its platform
By Guardian Exclusive
06 December 2019 | 12:14 pm
With the decade coming to a close, streaming giant Spotify has released its biggest songs and artistes of the past 10 years. And one of the songs that made the list was Drake’s ‘One Dance,’ which featured Kyla and Nigerian Afrobeats star, Wizkid.
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