Jul, Ninho, Gazo... The French subsidiary of Spotify presented on Thursday its ranking of the most listened to musicians in France since the start of 2023. Unsurprisingly, French rappers win hands down. For the seventh consecutive year, Marseille rapper Jul tops the charts. “This has been going on for fifteen years. With absolute artistic freedom, he released two albums this year and is preparing to release a third next week,” underlines Nicolas du Roy, editorial director of Spotify France. In second position, we find Ninho, aged 27, who comes from Longjumeau to the south of Paris, followed by Gazo, 29, who comes from Châteauroux in the Centre-Val de Loire region. Thanks to sounds like Meridian and Meuda, “rising star Tiakola, 23, comes in at number four. His album Melo is the most listened to of the year. Before the summer, this artist from Bondy to the north of Paris won three awards at Les Flammes (the Césars of urban music, editor’s note),” underlines Nicolas du Roy. Belgian rapper Damso comes in fifth position. Driven by hip-hop, listening to French artists has increased by 20% compared to the previous year.
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But what is true for boys is less true for girls. The singers most listened to by the French are mainly Anglo-Saxon: if Aya Nakamura dominates the ranking, she is followed by Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and Billie Eillish. “Aya Nakamura is also the most international. She is impressive, she sold 40% of her AccorArena in 48 hours,” underlines Nicolas du Roy. She is followed by Nej, who is doing his first Bercy in two weeks. Louane comes back strongly in third position with her album Happy Sentiments. She is followed by Imen Es and Vitaa comes in fifth position. An encouraging sign is that the rate of French female artists increased by 22% between 2022 and 2023, higher than for men.
The most listened to track in 2023 is German Bolide by rapper of Congolese origin, SDM. He is followed by Meuda by Tiakola, Flowers by Miley Cyrus, Jolie (feat Ninho) by Gaulois and Amber by Zola. Among the discoveries, the Suisse Nuit Incolore and its title Dépassé, released in 2022. “He had neither label nor manager,” underlined Marie Ybert, marketing director. In June 2023, six months later, it had 35 million streams.” Among the other discoveries, we note Stéphane, Luther, Houdi and Ehla.
On the export market, we find the irremovable David Guetta, DJ Snake, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein... Kungs received more than a billion streams with the title This girl. Jul is very popular in Germany, Spain and Italy. As for Vegedream, it is listened to more in Germany than in France today: at every football match, the Germans listen in French to Bring the Cup Home.
In titles older than twenty years, the French most listened to J'emmène au vent by Louise Attaque, Freed from Desire by Gala, Me Gusta Tu by Manu Chao, Take on me by the Norwegians A-Ha, Gansgta Paradise by Coolio, Every breath you take by Police, Ain't no mountain high enough by Marvin Gaye, Without me by Eminem, I'll go where you go by Celine Dion and finally I'm still standing by Elton John.