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Spotify Chart Watch: Nov. 26, 2013

US – Top 50:

“The Monster” continues to rule the Spotify 50.

For the second week in a row, Eminem’s smash hit featuring Rihanna takes the top spot on the Spotify-50. You’ll find this track on MMLP2, which came out earlier this month and has been dominating the Spotify charts: five tracks from Em’s eighth studio album still sit in the Top 50.

LordeLorde’s “Royals” stays steady at #2. It had been #1 for six weeks before being overtaken by “The Monster”. Since it was released in March, “Royals” has been streamed over 34 million times in the US alone, over 60 million times globally, and has shown no signs of slowing down.

When it was released in September, Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine had the best first week for a debut album in Spotify history. Follow-up singles “Tennis Court” and “Team” are doing well too, this week coming in at #14 and #24 respectively.

“Counting Stars” by OneRepublic is already a huge hit in the UK (it spent four weeks at #1 there), and it’s on its way towards those heights in the US as well. The track from Native (released back in March), is at #3 for the second week in a row.

A Pitbull/Ke$ha collab was pretty much pre-destined to be a mega-hit, and “Timber” has lived up to the hype. After storming into the Top-10 last week, it’s up two more spots #6-#4 this week. 

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen releases “High Hopes” this week, the first single from his new album of the same name. The track features Tom Morello (from Rage Against the Machine) and may make an impact on the Spotify-50 next week. Also keep a lookout for debuts from Justin Bieber, Timbaland, MS MR, and One Direction.

And we’ve been seeing a lot of holiday songs creeping into the charts this week, but with Thanksgiving (US), Hanukkah, and the Holiday Season upon us we’re sure to see an influx of holiday classics make their way towards the top of the charts.

Check back here next Tuesday to see what happens!


US – Viral Highlights:

Lily Allen is back, and she’s back in a big way. Last week saw the release of “Hard Out Here” her first single since 2009′s It’s Not Me, It’s You, and Spotify users approved. Not only did they listen to the song in droves, they shared it with their friends like crazy .. driving the anthem to #1 on the Spotify Viral Chart. 

Lily’s planning to release a new album in 2014, and if this song is any indication, we’re in for a treat.

A Great Big WorldThis weekend New York’s A Great Big World wowed the world with a Christina Aguilera-featuring performance of “Say Something”, and it shows on the Viral Chart. They’re at #4 this week, and we think it’s just a matter of time before they start showing up on the Spotify-50.

Lucero lead singer Ben Nichols debuts at #2 on the chart this week with his folky “The Last Pale Light in the West”, and Christina Perri’s newest “Human” rounds out the Top 3.

Last week’s top viral song, The Lumineers’ cover of the Talking Heads’ classic “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”, fell five spots #1-#6 this week, 

UK – Top 50:

The Top 3 in the UK is identical to the US list this week, with the “The Monster” taking the #1 slot for  the second week in a row and “Royals” and “Counting Stars” both staying steady at #2 and #3 respectively.

Lily AllenLily Allen is big on the Viral Chart in the US, but in the UK she storms on the Spotify-50 with her cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know”. Something tells us she’s going to be a fixture on this chart as she puts out more new music leading up to her new album next year.

One Direction’s “Story of My Life” sits at #9 for a second week in a row, and “Move”, the latest single from “The X-Factor: UK” winners Little Mix, debuts at #10.

Meanwhile, Wilkinson’s “Afterglow”, which features Becky Hill from “The Voice – UK”, has already conquered the UK Dance Charts and is about to crack the Top 10 of the Spotify-50. It’s at #11 for a second week in a row.


UK – Viral Highlights:

Last week, Late night Tales released their latest artist-curated mix album featuring a compilation put together by musician/producer/DJ Bonobo. The album features a cover of Donovan’s “Get Thy Bearings” and 17 other tracks designed to be listened to in succession, and Late Night Tales includes the full album as Track 1. This week, that track is #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart in the UK.

Coming in at #2 on the Viral Chart is Mapei, the Rhode Island-born but Stockholm-raised singer. She returned from a hiatus this week and released “Don’t Wait”, a track that she calls “21st-century gospel or doo-wop”, and the UK is all about it.

Aussie singer-songwriter RY X is down #2-#4 this week, and Metronomy’s new single “I’m Aquarius”, last week’s most-viral track, falls to #5.

Sweden – Top 50

“The Monster” sits atop the Swedish chart too – it’s #1 on Spotify-50 in 26 countries right now – and Pitbull’s “Timber” isn’t that far behind at #2. 

AviciiAvicii’s “Hey Brother”, the song that had been #7 before Eminem decided to conquer the world, still places a respectable #3 this week.

His mega-hit “Wake Me Up” spends its 23rd week in the Swedish Top-5, down one spot #4-#5. At this point, Avicii might think about running for prime minister of Sweden. He’s already king of the Spotify charts!


Sweden – Viral Highlights

Topping the Spotify Viral Chart in Sweden this week is heavy-metal stalwarts Five Finger Death Punch. They released the second half of their two-part album The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell last week, and the closing track is a cover of the folk classic “House of the Rising Sun” (also famously covered by The Animals). 

Swedes clearly thought this was the “must-share” track of the album, as it’s the most viral song in Sweden this week.

Ben Nichols resonated in Sweden too, “The Last Pale Light in the West” is #2 on the Viral Chart, and the synthy “Hit Me” from the YouTube sensation Dirty Loops rounds out the Top 3.


Featured Chart – Italy

The Italian Spotify-50 is looking in close stride with the rest of the world this week, with “The Monster” coming in at #1 for the second week in a row.

Piero Pelu“Let Her Go” from Passenger is doing well around the world, but is especially successful in Italy this week: it’s up a spot #5-#4. And after a performance on “The Voice” MIKA enters the Top 10 at #8 with his song “Stardust”, a track from last year’s The Origin of Love.

The Italian Viral chart shows a bit more local flavor, with ‘s “Sto Rock” at #8, Gigi D’Alessio’s “Cosa Te Ne Fai Di Un Altro Uomo” at #9, and Adriano Celetano’s “Io Non Ricordo” rounding out the Top 10.

Ben Nichols is the owner of the most viral track in Italy, with MIKA’s “Stardust” close behind at #2. And finally, Steely Dan’s “Do It Again” is #3 for reasons we haven’t been able to figure out yet.

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