Spotify song of the year: 'Somebody I Used to know'

Spotify song of the year was by Gotye. The runner-ups to the Spotify song of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and "We Are Young" by fun.

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    Australian artist Gotye performs at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Gotye’s smash hit “Somebody I Used to Know” is Spotify’s top song of the year.
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Gotye's smash hit "Somebody I Used to Know" is Spotify's top song of the year.

The digital music service said Wednesday that the multiplatinum pop song is the most streamed track globally this year. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" and "We Are Young" by fun. are second and third, respectively.

"Somebody I Used to Know" was also most streamed in the United States and most shared globally, on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Celebrities such as Ashton Kucther helped generate interest in the song, which hit No. 1 in 46 countries around the world.

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Gotye is the stage name for Wouter "Wally" De Becker, a Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter.

French DJ-producer David Guetta's "Nothing But the Beat" was the most streamed album globally. It includes hits like "Titanium" with Sia and "Turn Me On" with Nicki Minaj. Guetta is also the year's most streamed male artist.

Rihanna and Coldplay top the list of most streamed females and groups, respectively.

Spotify is available in 17 countries. Launched in October 2008 by Swedish company, the music service had approximately ten million users as of  September 2010 - and about 2.5 million of those were paying members, according to Wired UK.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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