- 21 May 19
Who else rounds out the top five biggest earners?
Ariana Grande and Drake topped the list of biggest streaming earners of the year so far.
Grande has certainly has had a busy year, releasing thank u, next in February only seven months after she put out Sweetener, and it's seemingly paid off. The pop star raked in $12.08 million in streaming revenue and 2.83 billion streams.
Drake came in second with $11.29 million in streaming revenue and 2.58 billion streams. The Canadian rapper hasn't released any new material in 2019, but did make his So Far Gone mixtape available for streaming in honour of its 10th anniversary.
The third highest earner was Post Malone, with $10.90 million in streaming revenue and 2.63 billion streams, while the fourth highest earner was Juice WRLD, who brought in $8.38 million and 1.92 billion streams. Billie Eilish, whose rapid ascent to stardom was punctuated by the release of her debut album in late March, rounded out the top five earners with $7.93 million in streaming revenue and 1.89 billion streams. And she's only 17.
Billboard's estimates are taken from combined video and audio streams, and calculated based on Nielsen Music data, as well as other statistics.