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Spotify Chart Watch – July 8, 2014

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

Global Highlights:

By a margin of just 10,000 streams, Calvin Harris is #1 on the Global Spotify Chart once again.

It’s the ninth week in a row at #1 for “Summer”, which bested Ariana Grande’s “Problem” by the slightest of margins. “Problem” is up a spot #3-#2 and has a very good chance of taking the top spot next week, but for now Calvin is still king.

“Wiggle”, from Jason Derulo & Snoop Dogg, drops #2-#3, and Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran round out the Top-5 for the second week in a row with “Fancy” and “Sing”.

MeghanTrainorThe only global Top-10 debut this week is from Canadian reggae-pop band MAGIC!, which enters at #10 with “Rude”. More on this track in a bit.

Nü-metal legends Korn top the Global Viral chart this week with “Hater”. This track was on last year’s album The Paradigm Shift, but was released as a single this week to promote The World Tour Edition of the record.

Newcomer Meghan Trainor is #2 with “All About That Bass”, a positive-messaged and ridiculously catchy track that seems clearly primed to be blasting out of car windows all summer. This track (and artist) is definitely one to keep an eye on.

David Guetta rounds out the Global Viral Top-3 with “Lovers on the Sun”, his collaboration with Sam Martin. 



US Highlights:

It happened: MAGIC! has ousted Iggy Azalea from the top spot on the US chart. This ends a nine-week run for “Fancy” at #1, a run during which the track broke US streaming records left and right. 

“Rude” has been blasting up the charts all summer, and has risen a spot in each of the last four weeks. It takes the pinnacle with 2.66 million US-streams. The band’s debut album Don’t Kill the Magic was released on July 1, so expect lots of MAGIC! on the US charts all summer long.

Ariana Grande stays at #3 this week after spending eight weeks as the hard-luck runner-up to “Fancy”. “Summer” and Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” stay at #4 and #5, respectively.  

“All About That Bass” is the most viral song in the US, followed New Zealand indie-pop band Broods. They had success earlier this year on the Viral Chart with their song “Bridges”, and now “Mother & Father” is taking over too. Their debut full-length album is due in August.

Last week’s most viral song in the US, FKA twigs’ “Two Weeks”, drops to #3 this week.


UK Highlights:

Last week, the battle for #1 in the UK was ended quite quickly by a record-breaking week from Ed Sheeran on the back of the release of his new album x. “Sing” is #1 again this week with 1.1 million streams; slightly down from last week but more than enough to take the top spot.

A few weeks back Ella Henderson’s “Ghost” looked primed to hit #1, but she’s been stuck behind Sheeran at #2 for the last three weeks. Another track from x, “Don’t”, jumps three spots to round out the Top-3.

Mr. Probz – “Waves” is down #3-#4, and rounding out the Top-5 is another big hit from a new artist. 21 year-old George Ezra released his debut album Wanted on Voyage last week and “Budapest”, the lead single from that album, jumped eight spots from #13 to #5.

The Top-3 on the UK Viral Chart looks pretty familiar. Jamie xx’s new track “All Under One Roof Raving” is #1 for the second straight week, followed by Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” and alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine”.


Ones to Watch: 

Unbelievably Ariana Grande hasn’t hit #1 yet with “Problem”, but her new single “Break Free” might achieve that .. and fast. It’s a collaboration with EDM-king Zedd (he of “Clarity” and “Stay the Night”) and is already everywhere. 

Keith Urban, Pitbull, Florida/Georgia Line and Common all released tracks this week that could make an impact on next week’s chart, and new albums from viral favorites Sia, Kiesza, and Magic Man should show up too.

And alt-J’s seen a ton of success on Spotify with “Hunger of the Pine”, their first single from This Is All Yours (out later this year). So their new single, a bluesy guitar-based rocker called “Left Hand Free”, should make waves as well.

Finally, last week we looked at the most streamed songs in 2014 so far. Check out the results here

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