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Gotye, Mumford & Sons Lead Spotify Streams in 2012

Rihanna, David Guetta and Coldplay also have strong showings

Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons and Gotye.
Rob Ball/WireImage; Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage
November 29, 2012 8:25 AM ET

Gotye and Mumford & Sons were among the most played artists on Spotify in 2012, along with David Guetta, Rihanna and Coldplay.

Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" was the most streamed song of 2012, edging out Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"; while Guetta's Nothing But the Beat topped the list of most-streamed albums, beating Gotye's Making Mirrors and Drake's Take Care.

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It was a good year for Guetta, who slipped past Flo Rida and Eminem to head Spotify's ranking of the most-streamed male artists. Rihanna topped the women's list, besting Nicki Minaj and Adele; while Coldplay was the most-streamed band. 

Mumford & Sons' Babel garnered the most streams for a newly released album in 2012, racking up more than 8 million in a single week. And English boy band One Direction surpassed 100 million streams.

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