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Spotify has announced today that Norwegian superstar and tropical house maven, Kygo, (Ultra Records / RCA Records) is the fastest artist of all time to reach one billion streams, achieving that feat in just 12 months. (As a comparison artists – such as Sam Smith and Ariana Grande – will typically take two years from the release of their debut single to reach 1 billion plays on Spotify).


Spotify previously announced, as part of its annual Year in Music announcement, that Kygo was its Breakout Artist of 2015, becoming the first Spotlight artist to reach one billion streams. The year-long Spotlight campaign has helped launch five singles, including “Firestone” which has 336m streams, and “Stole the Show” with 305m streams. Kygo has built up 50k followers to his Daylist Playlist, and 127k followers to Originals & Remixes.


Kygo is currently the 20th most-streamed artist on Spotify, and has 14 million monthly listeners on Spotify.


Says Kygo, “Reaching this milestone in such a short period of time is really incredible and I’d like to say thank you to each and every person who streamed one of my songs this past year. I’m so happy people have enjoyed listening to my tracks and I can’t wait to share my album with you all early next year.”


RCA Chairman & CEO Peter Edge states, “This is an incredible achievement for a truly special artist. Kygo is a global phenomenon and Spotify has been a fantastic partner in allowing him to share his music with the world. We are excited for what 2016 will bring for Kygo both in the United States and worldwide as he hits the road and continues to share his unique sound and vision with his devoted fans.”


Patrick Moxey, President & Founder, Ultra Music & President of Electronic Music, Sony Music says,”Kygo brings quality musicianship and songs as well as a magnificent feel for melody to Electronic music in an unparalleled way. As one of the most exciting new artists in the world, it comes as no surprise that Kygo is breaking records and barriers across the musical landscape.”


Toby Andrews, Head of Electronic Music Marketing, Sony Music International, states, “To reach this milestone faster than any other act in the world really just goes to prove the immense popularity of Kygo and the support his fans have for him. We knew when we signed him that he had a fanatical following, and we were really able to harness that with the support of Spotify as a global partner on the project. We’ve spent the past 18 months carefully developing Kygo as a worldwide brand and a forward-thinking artist and to cap off 2015 with this achievement sets a perfect stage for his debut album.”
Myles Shear, Owner, Golden Hare Management and Kygo’s manager says, “It is an absolute honor to have earned such an accomplishment on a platform that we were strangers to only one year ago. From the start, the Kygo project has tried pushing the boundaries within the online space, whether it’s been through blogs, or through streaming. We were always strong supporters of streaming from the beginning and it feels great to know that the users really liked it. We are all excited for what the next year has to bring and want to thank everyone for their support!”


Chris Stoneman, Senior Account Manager for Spotify says,  “For me, one key factor in Kygo being so successful on Spotify is down to the teams at Sony and Ultra totally embracing Spotify both as a partner and as a platform. We’ve collaborated closely to launch Kygo globally and build a strong and integrated fan engagement campaign, which has delivered this great success so far, and for the future.”


Dec 1st 2014 – Kygo released his first single ‘Firestone’, exclusive to Spotify for 24 hours, which reached #4 in Spotify global chart.

Feb 10th – Instrumental track ‘ID’ was released, the soundtrack to Ultra Music Festival. The track becomes so popular that it is reworked into a full single released in September.

Mar 16th – ‘Stole The Show’ released exclusive to Spotify for one week, launched with Global Home page takeovers and playlist placement. The track hits Spotify’s global Top 10 within one week, one of the fastest tracks to do so.

May 1st – Stole the Show (Live) recorded at Spotify’s London office. Video pieces start to reveal the man behind the piano (watch here).

July 31st – ‘Nothing Left’ feat. Will Heard released. 3m plays in first week alone,

Sept 4th – ‘Here For You’ feat. Ella Henderson’ released, a rework of ideas first surfaced in the instrumental track ‘ID’ released in February.

Dec 1st – Announced as Breakthrough Artist of 2015 in Spotify’s annual Year in Music campaign. Kygo also soundtracks the accompanying ad campaign.

Dec 4th – Latest single ‘Stay’ released, amassing 5m plays in its first week.


Earlier this month Kygo announced his first ever Worldwide “Cloud Nine” Tour.  The musical prodigy will be making stops in a number of major cities across the globe including his biggest headlining show to date at Barclays Center in New York City, NY. See full list of tour dates below. Click HERE to purchase tickets.Since blowing up on the electronic music scene, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, a.k.a Kygo, has gone from bedroom producer to one of the most hyped artists on the planet in unprecedented time.  His latest U.S. single, “Stole the Show,” was certified gold or platinum in sixteen countries. Tipped by Billboard Magazine as “electronic music’s next superstar”, Kygo made his U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden on October 27th, where he performed an acoustic version of his hit song, “Stole The Show”, featuring Parson James. Before the show, Kygo was awarded with a plaque commemorating RIAA Certified Gold Sales of more than 500,000 downloads for his hit single “Firestone”, out now via Ultra Records/RCA Records.   With the upcoming world tour and a hotly anticipated album, it is clear this is only the beginning for the 24-year-old Norwegian prodigy.


FRI       JAN 15             San Francisco, CA                                 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

THU      JAN 21             New York City, NY                                 Barclays Center

FRI       JAN 22             Toronto, Canada                                    Direct Energy Centre

SAT      JAN 23             Chicago, IL                                          Navy Pier

SAT      MAR 26            Amsterdam, Netherlands                        Heineken Music Hall

TUE      MAR 29            Cologne, Germany                                Palladium

WED    MAR 30            Antwerp, Belgium                                  Lotto Arena

FRI       APR 1               Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg               Rockhal

SAT      APR 2               Offenbach, Germany                            Satdthalle

MON     APR 4               Zurich, Switzerland                               MAAG Halle

TUE      APR 5               Milan, Italy                                            Mediolanum Forum

THU      APR 7               Vienna, Austria                                     Gasometer

FRI       APR 8               Munich, Germany                                  Zenith

SAT      APR 9               Prague, Czech Republic                        Forum Karlín

SUN     APR 10             Berlin, Germany                                     Columbiahalle

TUE      APR 12             Paris, France                                        Le Zénith

THU      APR 14             Barcelona, Spain                                  Saint Jordi Club

FRI       APR 15             Madrid, Spain                                       La Riviera

SAT      APR 16             Lisbon, Portugal                                   MEO Arena

WED    APR 20             Glasgow, Scotland                                O2 Academy Glasgow

THU      APR 21             Manchester, UK                                    Manchester Academy

SAT      APR 23             London, UK                                          O2 Academy Brixton



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