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Spotify Chart Watch – Jan. 7, 2014

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

Global – Top 50:

It took awhile, but Pitbull has finally reached the top. 

His worldwide collaboration with Ke$ha, “Timber”, is #1 on the Spotify Global Streaming Chart for the first week this week after spending seven straight weeks in the #2 slot. The previous top song, Eminem’s “The Monster”, falls to #2 after spending eight weeks atop the chart. 

After cracking the Top 3 at the end of 2013, OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars” has a tough task to keep moving up in this chart. It spends its second week in a row at #3, nearly 1.2million streams behind “The Monster”. It’ll need a big streaming boost or a major falloff from one of the Top 2 in order to move up in the upcoming weeks. 

Lorde’s “Royals” continues its slow descent, spending a second week in a row at #4 and Avicii rounds out the Top 5 with “Hey Brother”.

Global – Viral Highlights: 

ABBAHappyNewYearOscar season is heating up, and Spotify listeners are clearly taking notice as the Top 3 Most Viral tracks in the world are all from movie soundtracks this week. 

At the pinnacle is “I See Fire”, Howard Shore’s contribution to the soundtrack for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It’s up two spots #3-#1 this week. 

Sitting just behind is “Fare Thee Well”, a track from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack featuring Marcus Mumford (of Mumford & Sons) and the film’s star, Oscar Isaac. 

And “Step Out”, Jose Gonzalez’s contribution to the soundtrack for the Ben Stiller flick The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is at #3. Clearly Spotify listeners spent their Holiday Week at the movies and wanted to share the experience with their Spotify friends!

Fittingly, ABBA’s track “Happy New Year” is #4, and last week’s Most Viral track, “The Devil Is A Lie” from Rick Ross, falls to #5.


OneRepublicUS – Top 50:

Drama on the US Most Streamed Chart this week: Pitbull had dropped down to #5 after trailing Eminem for weeks, and it was widely assumed that the song would never reach the pinnacle. However, a New Years bump gave “Timber” new life and pushed it to the top spot.

If that wasn’t dramatic enough, “The Monster” fell three spots and is now out of the Top 3 for the first time since it was released in November. This ends a seven-week reign for the track in the #1-spot.     

OneRepublic is #2 in the US, about 1.5million streams behind Pitbull. We’ll see if the lack of New Years Eve parties bridges this gap or if Pitbull is at the top to stay.

“Royals” comes in at #3, and viral hit “Say Something” from A Great Big World is down three spots this week, #2-#5. 

US – Viral Highlights:

KidRock“Fare Thee Well” from the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack is the Most Viral song in the US this week, switching places with “The Devil Is A Lie” (down a spot #1-#2). “Fare” has been in the Top 5 Most Viral tracks since December 8, but this is its first week at #1.

Buzzy songster Hozier is at #3, up three spots from #6, with his tune “Take Me To Church”.

And while the world turned to ABBA to ring in 2014, America turned to Kid Rock. His version of “Happy New Year” is #4 on the Viral Chart this week and Christina Perri’s new song “human” is #5.


PharrellUK – Top 50:

Pharrell Williams was the King of 2013 thanks to his involvement with “Get Lucky”, “Blurred Lines” and many more. But if the UK Chart is any indication, he’s making a bid for King of 2014 too. His jam “Happy”, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack is the most streamed song in the UK for the second week in a row.

Sitting almost a million streams behind is Avicii’s “Hey Brother” at #2, with “Timber”, “The Monster” and Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” rounding out the Top 5, in order.

 UK – Viral Highlights:

ABBA’s “Happy New Year” is the Most Viral song in the UK, leading the way over the new Tourist Remix of “Lies” by CHVRCHES. You can find said remix on the trio’s Lies EP, which also includes an awesome cover of Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”.

Turns out it was a good week for remixes in the UK, as the Snakeships Remix of indie songstress Banks’ “Warm Water” cracked the Top 10 at #9. 

Last week’s Most Viral track, Burial’s “Rival Deal” falls out of the Top 10 to #13.

Sweden – Highlights:

KlingandeAs usual, Sweden’s chart is a bit ahead of the rest of the world. “Timber” is #1 here too, but for the fifth week in a row. “The Monster” is #2 for the fifth week in a row too.

Avicii’s “Hey Brother” spent seven weeks at #1 in Sweden and then fell to #3 on November 10th. It stayed there until this week, as “I See Fire” has jumped up a spot #4-#3. This is the first time in nine weeks that the three songs “Timber”, “The Monster”, and “Hey Brother” haven’t occupied the Top 3 spots in Sweden.

French House duo Klingande is the only newcomer into the Swedish Top 5 this week, with their track “Jubel”. Featuring a prominent saxophone solo, this group is bringing jazz into dance music. Could that be 2014’s first new global trend? We’ll have to wait to see!


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