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How to find your 2021 Spotify Wrapped, plus see how NC artists stacked up this year

The (Raleigh) News & Observer logo The (Raleigh) News & Observer 12/1/2021 Kimberly Cataudella and Korie Dean, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Dec. 1—It's Spotify Wrapped season!

If you're a Spotify user, you may be clicking around your app trying to see your most-played artists and on-repeat songs of 2021.

We'll tell you how to find your 2021 Spotify Wrapped playlist, plus give you some info on how many listeners some of our local artists had this year.

What is Spotify Wrapped?

Spotify Wrapped is an annual, personalized look at your streaming habits on the Spotify app, which is used to play music, podcasts and other audio.

The snapshot of your streaming year looks at your top-streamed songs, artists, genres and more in a fun, interactive way.

Spotify says the 2021 Wrapped experience "is full of insights on the artists, songs, genres, and podcasts that defined your listening in 2021 — all created just for you."

Through Spotify Wrapped, found in the Spotify app on phones, you'll be guided through interactive slides detailing your streaming history over the past year, and you'll have the option to download a playlist with your top 100 most-streamed songs from 2021, allowing you to keep coming back to those songs you love so much.

This year's Wrapped brings back popular features from years' past, plus "surprising new ones that connect listeners with each other and their favorite creators."

How to find your Spotify Wrapped

— Update the app: If your Spotify Wrapped isn't popping up as soon as you open the app, it sounds like it's time for an update. Head over to the app store on your device to get that done.

— It's not on your desktop: Your Spotify Wrapped playlist is only available in the Spotify app. But if you head over to Spotify's website to find it, it'll give you easy directions to get to the app.

— Post it to social media: You can share your Wrapped stats to social media by clicking the "Share this story" button at the bottom of each slide. You can share your slides to your Instagram Story, Twitter and others.

Here's how many listeners our local artists got

There's no way for listeners to access Wrapped stats for their favorite artists in the app, but sometimes artists will share them on social media.

We'll keep an eye out for any Triangle- or North Carolina-based artists who share their stats this year, but in the meantime, here's a snapshot of some artists' monthly listeners — a calculation Spotify makes based on the past 28 days of listening activity in the app.

— The Avett Brothers — The Avett Brothers, which consists of real-life brothers Scott and Seth Avett plus Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon, is a folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band's most recent album, "Closer Than Together," was released in 2019. The band has 1,832,664 monthly listeners on Spotify.

— Eric Church — Eric Church, a contemporary country artist, wrote and recorded his most recent album, "Heart & Soul," in North Carolina. Church is a native of Granite Falls, a town in Caldwell County, and is an alumnus of Appalachian State University. He currently has 5,666,921 monthly listeners on Spotify.

— J. Cole — Raised in Fayetteville, J.Cole is all about repping North Carolina. The Grammy-nominated rapper sported an NC State jersey in his "Under the Sun" music video, which has nearly 50 million views on YouTube. He has 26,167,395 monthly listeners on Spotify, ranking 92nd in the world.

— James Taylor — This six-time Grammy winning artist grew up in Chapel Hill. One of his most famous songs, "Carolina on my Mind," turned 50 years old in 2019. Taylor has 4,897,014 monthly listeners.

— Mipso — This band met at UNC-Chapel Hill in the 2010s. The four-person band's debut album "Dark Holler Pop" came out in 2013, and their latest album "Mipso" came out in October 2020. The band currently has 1,152,075 monthly listeners on Spotify.

— Nnenna Freelon — Freelon, a North Carolina native and jazz singer, released her album "Time Traveler" in May. The album is a tribute to her husband of 40 years, noted architect Phil Freelon, who died in 2019. Freelon is a six-time Grammy nominated artist, and she resides in Durham. She has 53,374 monthly listeners.

— Rhiannon Giddens — Greensboro native Rhiannon Giddens is a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a Durham-based and Grammy-winning old-time string band. Giddens was recently nominated for two Grammy awards, including Best Folk Album with Francesco Turrisi for "They're Calling Me Home." Giddens currently has 507,262 monthly listeners on Spotify, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops have 163,418.

— Rissi Palmer — This Durham-based singer and songwriter was listed in Rolling Stone magazine's "Future 25" list this year, which celebrates 25 people changing and innovating the music industry. Palmer has 64,225 monthly listeners.

— Scotty McCreery — Scotty McCreery, a Garner native, won "American Idol" in 2011, gaining fame in North Carolina and beyond. He's experienced chart-topping success since then, and his hit song "Five More Minutes" recently served as the inspiration for a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Christmas film of the same name. McCreery currently has 2,247,503 monthly listeners on Spotify.

— Steep Canyon Rangers — This Asheville- and Brevard-based bluegrass band formed at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2000 and has since produced nine albums, plus two more in collaboration with Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin). The band's 2013 album "Nobody Knows You" won the Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album that year. The band currently has 154,777 monthly listeners on Spotify.

— Sylvan Esso — Durham-based Sylvan Esso, an electric pop band, formed in 2013 and consists of duo Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn. They were recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Music Album for their 2020 album "Free Love." The band currently has 1,757,032 monthly listeners on Spotify.

— Watchhouse — Formerly known as Mandolin Orange, Watchhouse is a Chapel Hill-based Americana-folk duo consisting of Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. The band released their self-titled album, "Watchhouse," in August after changing the group's name in April, saying the new name meant "so much more" to them personally. The band has currently has 587,465 monthly listeners on Spotify.


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