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Bob Dylan’s Spotify Streams Skyrocketed After Nobel Prize Win

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JONATHAN NACKSTRAND—AFP/Getty Images Books by and about US songwriter Bob Dylan who was announced the laureate of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature are displayed at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 13, 2016.

Dylan's win sparked a global jump in online streams of his songs

Streams of Bob Dylan’s songs spiked on Spotify after his surprise Nobel Prize win on Thursday.

Spotify said streams of the American musician’s songs rose 512% across the world since the prize was announced. The most-listened-to song was “Like a Rolling Stone,” which saw its streams increase by 258%. The folk singer ranks among Spotify’s top 200 artists of all time, with over 700 million streams to date.

Dylan became the first songwriter to win the Nobel award in literature, and immediately divided opinion on social media. He was credited by the awarding panel for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” over his 54-year career.

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