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Spotify Chart Watch – Apr. 22, 2014

Check out the latest Spotify-50 and Spotify Viral charts from all territories:


Global Highlights:

The Top-3 of the Global Spotify-50 is totally unchanged this week.

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne continue to rule the world with their mega-hit “Rather Be”; it sits atop the chart for the fifth week in a row. Up until this point the track’s success had been driven by a majority ex-US audience, but now the States are catching on. “Rather Be” rose seven spots on the US chart this week and is currently at #14 and rising. When you hear Jess Glynne’s majestic voice blasting out of car radios and playing in department stores from New York to San Francisco all summer, just remember where you heard it first!

“Dark Horse” from Katy Perry and “All of Me” from John Legend stay at #2 and #3, respectively this week. Perry’s streams decreased slightly while Legend is gradually on the rise. They’re both 1.5million streams behind “Rather Be”, but these two tracks may be switching places on the charts before too long.

The only new entry into the Global Top-5 is Coldplay. “Magic” jumped two spots #6-#4 this week, despite the fact that the track actually amassed less streams than it did last week!

Mr. Probz rounds out the Top-5 with “Waves”.

HurricaneAs we predicted last week, Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” is the most Viral track in the world on Spotify this week. The lead single off her forthcoming album Ultraviolence was produced by Dan Auerbach (of Viral Chart favorites The Black Keys) and has been the talk of the internet all week, so it’s no surprise to see her atop the Viral Chart.

Bob Dylan’s “Hurricane”, his tribute Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, comes in at #2. Shares and streams of the track shot up dramatically this week when news of Carter’s passing broke. 

Spotify favorites Twenty One Pilots come in at #3 this week thanks to a typically awesome performance of their track “Car Radio” at the MTV Movie Awards.


US Highlights:

Much like the Global Spotify-50, the US Spotify-50 is pretty static this week. In fact, the Top-5 is completely unchanged from last week! John Legend is #1 for a third week in a row, with the usual suspects – Perry, Jason Derulo, Bastille, and Idina Menzel – comprising the rest of the top. 

In fact, the only new entry into the US Top-50 is another usual suspect, Pharrell Williams, who rose three spots #13-#10 despite a decrease in streams. “Happy” filled a gap left by The Chainsmoker’s “#SELFIE”, which fell two spots and is rapidly moving down the chart.

TwinShadowLana Del Rey is on top of the US Viral Chart, as she is in nearly every country’s Viral Chart. She debuted at #24 on the US Toplist, and we think you can expect to see her near the top of that chart as well in the very near future. 

Twin Shadow comes in at #2 with their new jam “To The Top”. A press release issued with the track’s release last week told us that the band is in the studio recording the followup to 2012′s Confess, so we’ll eagerly await more news on that front soon!


Jason Derulo is #3 on the US Viral Chart this week, his track “Wiggle” from the new album Talk Dirty   features Snoop Dogg and should be making an impact on the Spotify-50 soon.


UK Highlights:

KieszaIf you can believe it, the Top-5 of the UK Spotify-50 is totally unchanged as well! Aloe Blacc is #1 for the second week, and Clean Bandit stays in the runner-up slot. Legend, Perry, and Duke Dumont’s “I Got U” round out the Top-10.

The only major action on the UK chart takes place in the 7th position, where newcomer Kiesza is making waves with her song “Hideaway”. Featured as a Spotify Spotlight artist, the song is up a whopping twelve spots this week (#19-#7) and shows no signs of slowing down.

“Hurricane” is the Most Viral song in the UK this week, followed closely by Paolo Nutini, who released his new album Caustic Love last week. Album cut “Iron Sky” was the most-talked-about track on the new record by far, and shows up at #2 on the UK Viral Chart this week. ”Car Radio” is 3rd.


Ones to Watch: 

New tracks from Hunter Hayes, Phillip Phillips, Jack White, Naughty Boy, and Tune-Yards all have a chance of shaking things up this week, and new albums from Neon Trees, Future, Kelis, and Iggy Azalea should do some work too. And don’t sleep on Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast”; we don’t think that Spotify Top-5 will be static for too much longer!

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