Spotify has released its most streamed music of , and Soaked from year-old pop sensation Benee has come out on top. Benee's Soaked was New Zealand's most streamed local song of , according to Spotify's recently-released data. The track is currently sitting at more than 27 million streams on Spotify. American singer and songwriter Khalid was New Zealand's most streamed international artist of , and Sunflowers by Post Malone took the 1 spot for the most streamed track. Globally, with more than 28 billion streams to his name, Drake is Spotify's most streamed artist of the decade. Rounding out the five most streamed artists of the decade were Ed Sheeran whose Shape of You is also the most streamed track of the decade with more than 2.
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The awards are among the most significant that a group or artist can receive in New Zealand music , and have been presented annually since The awards show is presented by Recorded Music NZ. A range of award sponsors and media partners support the event each year. The first awards for New Zealand recorded music were the Loxene Golden Disc awards, launched in While initially only one prize was given, other awards were added, including categories for record cover, recording artist of the year, and a producer award. From , two awards were given - one to a solo artist, the other to a group however there was still just one supreme award, selected from these two. In and the awards were merged with the Entertainer of the Year Awards and were known as the Clear Music and Entertainment Awards, sponsored by Clear Communications. From the awards reverted to music only, with the name going back to the New Zealand Music Awards and the award trophy nicknamed the Tui.
October 21, As a nation, Australia has developed something of a knack for claiming esteemed New Zealand musical talent as its own. Therefore, as part of our second ever NZ Week, it seems wholly appropriate to do an overview of the best albums released by New Zealand artists in to help determine who we should poach next. The highest profile NZ music release of was undoubtedly the third full-length album by the inimitable Hannah Topp aka Aldous Harding. Designer is a series of eccentric yet delicately fleshed out folk songs, both intimate and theatrical in equal measure, that received considerable critical acclaim and the prestigious Silver Scroll for lead single The Barrel. Mainstays of the New Zealand metal scene, sludge-metal band Beastwars returned with their fifth studio album in June.
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