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Spotify Chart Watch – August 5, 2014

Check out the latest Spotify-50 and Spotify Viral charts from all territories: http://www.spotifyartists.com/charts 


Global Highlights:

MAGIC!’s “Rude” is the most-streamed song in the world for a third straight week.

The reggae-pop global smash racked up 8.89 million streams during the last seven days, putting it ahead of the runner up track, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”, by 1.2 million streams. To its credit, “Stay With Me” had a great week jumping two spots #4-#2 as it amassed 7.70 million plays.

Former ten-week #1 “Summer”, by Calvin Harris, drops a spot #2-#3 and Ariana Grande’s “Problem” #3-#4. Sia made her debut in the Global Top-5 last week with “Chandelier” and that track stays in the 5th spot for a second straight week.

The biggest debut of the week comes from Lillywood and The Prick, whose song “Prayer in C” was reworked by global hit maker Robin Schulz (he of former #1 Mr. Probz – “Waves”). The track debuts at #9 and looks to make a run at the Top-5 in the coming weeks.

When three of the biggest artists in the world release a track together, it’s pretty clear that people are going to talk about it a LOT. That’s exactly what happened to the most viral song in the world this week: it’s “Bang Bang”, a collaboration from diva-trio Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj.

“Weird Al” Yankovich continues his run near the top of the Viral Charts, as “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” stays at #2 for a second week in a row, and Seattle indie rockers Fences hit #3 on the Global chart this week with “Arrows”, a collaboration with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This is the first new verse we’re heard from Macklemore since he took over the world with The Heist, and it shows the world is clearly excited about the followup to that album.


US Highlights:

While MAGIC! still rules the Global streaming chart, they’ve been dethroned in the US. “Rude” dropped a spot #1-#2 to make way for a new #1 song, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”. Smith’s ballad out-streamed the Canadian reggae-poppers by about 210,000 streams, and this gap should widen in the next few weeks. 

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” stays at #3 for the second week in a row, and Sia blasts into the US Top-5 with “Chandelier”, up three spots this week #7-#4.

BangBangAriana Grande’s “Problem” falls one spot #4-#5, but don’t feel too bad for the pop megastar, as “Break Free”, her collaboration with Zedd jumps two spots #10-#8 and looks ready to make a jump next week.

The top of the US Viral Chart looks similar to the Global version, with “Bang Bang” at #1 and “Arrows” at #3. The only difference in the Top-3 is “NEW DORP, NEW YORK”, the track from SBTRKT ft. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig that topped the chart last week.

“Flicker”, a new track from Porter Robinson’s Worlds (out next week) is at #5 this week, and Shakey Graves’ “Dearly Departed” drops from #1 this week, but stays in the Top-10 at both #6 (studio version) and #7 (Spotify SXSW live version).


UK Highlights:

“Rude” is the top song in the UK as well, putting up the best week since Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” hit #1 in June. It’s the second week in a row at #1 for MAGIC!, and their success on Spotify helped them hit the #1 spot on the UK Official Singles Chart too.

BakermatThe rest of the UK Top-5 is unchanged from last week as well: “Problem”, George Ezra – “Budapest”, Sheeran, and Ella Henderson – “Ghost” round out the Top-5 in that order.

The UK is still streaming and sharing Mandatory Fun tracks at a massive rate, as “Weird Al” is back on top of the UK Viral Chart with “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”. Last week’s most viral artist in the UK, SBTRKT, falls to #2 with “NEW DORP, NEW YORK”. 

Bakermat, the Dutch artist and producer, originally released “Vandaag” in 2012, but it was re-released as “One Day (Vandaag)” last week in the UK and shot to #3 on the UK Viral Chart. Meanwhile, Wankelmut’s “My Head Is A Jungle (MK Remix) and Jamie T’s “Don’t You Find” round out the Top-5.


Ones to Watch: 

Nicki Minaj is already on top of the viral charts as a part of “Bang Bang”, but she also released a new track called “Anaconda” this week that’s been blowing up the internet thanks to its racy cover art and memorable Sir Mix-a-Lot sample. Expect to see it on the Viral Charts next week, along with new tracks from Spoon, Dillon Francis, and The Chainsmokers’ followup to “#SELFIE”, “Kanye”.

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  • JJF

    SBTRKT is Awesomious. A pure genius and an excellent collaborator. Should be number 1 in Spotifys list.