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Spotify Chart Watch – Dec. 10, 2013

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


US – Top 50:

Another week, another top spot for “The Monster”. 

For the fourth week in a row, the MMLP2 track from Eminem ft. Rihanna is #1 on the Spotify-50 in the US with almost two million plays. But despite all this success, four weeks is not even close to the longest tenure at #1 for 2013; that honor belongs to Robin Thicke and his world-beating hit “Blurred Lines”, which spent 10 weeks at #1 back in the summer.

And in fact, Eminem’s reign at the top might end soon. Pitbull & Ke$ha are #2 for the second week in a row with their track “Timber”, but the gap is closing fast. Last week they trailed “The Monster” by 310,000 streams, this week they’re only behind by 220,000.

The rest of the Top-10 remains largely unchanged: “Royals” by Lorde stays steady at #3 (boosted by a memorable performance at the 2013 GRAMMY Nomination ceremony, no doubt), One Republic’s “Counting Stars” is at #4, and Drake stays in the Top-5 with “Hold On, We’re Going Home”.

One Direction’s performance on Saturday Night Live this weekend definitely aided their Spotify performance, as streams for “Story of My Life” jumped by 250,000, moving the track up a spot #9-#8 this week.

And to prove once and for all that the weather definitely affects people’s music-listening habits, The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather” is back in the Top-10 this week for the first time in several months (up one spot and 150,000 streams). The surge coincides with a cold spell that’s overtaken pretty much the entire country. Bundle up!

OfMiceandMenUS – Viral Highlights:

Even though the Spotify-50 is mostly dominated by keyboards and pop right now, the US Viral Chart isn’t afraid to go hard. “You’re Not Alone”, the new single from hard rock band Of Mice & Men, debuts at #1 this week. It’s the first single from their album Restoring Force, which is set to be released in January 2014.

Last week’s most-viral song in the US, “The Thanksgiving Song”, has fallen off the charts .. but the holiday spirit is still strong. Holiday-themed song streams are up across the board, and a cappella sensation Pentatonix’s rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” cracked the Top-10 on the Viral Chart at #9.

Elsewhere, Aloe Blacc jumps two spots #4-#2 with “The Man”. He’s riding the post-“featured on ‘Wake Me Up'” wave and proving that people love him in his own right too.

And “Say Something” from A Great Big World continues its viral-backed growth on Spotify: it’s at #5 on the Viral Chart this week and up five spots #17-#12 on the Spotify-50. Look for this viral story to blast into the Top-10 next week!


UnderControlUK – Top 50:

The Spotify-50 in the UK is a bit more shaken up than its American counterpart this week, but the top remains the same: “The Monster” is #1 for the fourth week in a row. 

The track continues to just crush it worldwide. It’s #1 on Spotify in 24 countries again this week, in the Top-3 in 30/33 territories, in the Top-5 everywhere. 

But a sea change might be in order in the near future: Bastille’s latest “Of The Night” is up two spots this week #4-#2. Like Pitbull in the US, this track has been closing the gap in streams: last week Eminem had a 100K stream lead over the #2 track (“Royals”). This week the lead is down to 58K streams.

“Royals” and One Direction’s “Story of My Life” both fall a spot #2-#3 and #3-#4 respectively, and Lily Allen rounds out the Top 5 with her cover of “Somewhere Only We Know”.

Keep an eye on “Under Control”, the latest from Calvin Harris. It rose a whopping 18 spots and 150,000 streams(#25-#7) and is showing all the signs of being another massive hit for Harris. This one is a collaboration with Alesso and features the UK duo Hurts. 

UK – Viral Highlights:

The sad news of Nelson Mandela’s passing had a huge effect on the Spotify Viral Chart in the UK this week, led by ska-revivalists The Specials. Their 1984 UK hit “Nelson Mandela” was the most-viral song of the week and a pop cover of the same song came in at #3.

Busta Rhymes is back with a strong new single called “Thank You”. It features Kanye West, Q-Tip, and Lil Wayne, and sits at #2.

The novelty group Sips is at #4 with their parody of Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl” called “Big Girl”, and Of Mice & Men is making an impact in the UK as well: “You’re Not Alone” debuts at #5 on the Viral Chart.



Sweden – Top 50

One of the few countries where “The Monster” is not #1 this week is Sweden, where Pitbull and Ke$ha finally took the top spot with “Timber”. They had been at #2 for the last four weeks. Eminem falls a spot #1-#2.

The rest of the Top 5 is unchanged: Avicii continues his dominance of the chart with appearances at #3 and #5 and “Royals” sits in between at #4.

The only major change in the Swedish Top-10 was a big drop for Chris Brown and 2 Chainz. Their song “Talk Dirty” dropped two spots #7-#9 and about 75,000 streams, while One Direction jumped a spot #8-#7. 


SeinaboSeySweden – Viral Highlights

Henrik Dorsin is ruling the Viral Chart in Sweden again this week. The comedian is on top with his holiday-themed song ‘Tomten är en kommunist”, which, roughly, translates to “Santa is a Communist.” Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

The new track from ceo, “Whorehouse” was a must-listen-and-share in Sweden this week, it debuts on the Viral Chart at #4, and “Belong” from Kevin Walker is at #5.

Keep an eye on the new artist Seinabo Sey, a 23-year-old soul/pop singer from Stockholm. Her track “Younger” has been in the Top-10 on this chart and seems poised to break onto the Spotify-50 in Sweden (and, likely, around the world!) soon. It was produced by Magnus Lidehäll, who also produced Mapei’s recent viral hit “Don’t Wait”.

Kartellen’s “Svarta duvor & vissna liljor”, last week’s most-viral track, falls to #12 this week.


HebeFeatured Chart – Taiwan

Eminem is enjoying success in Taiwan as well (#3 this week), but that’s nothing compared to what the Taiwanese pop-star Hebe (田馥甄) is achieving this week on the Taiwanese Spotify-50.

Hebe used to be in the highly-popular mandopop group S.H.E. and has set off on a very successful solo career in the last few years. She put out a new album last week called My Love that definitely made an impact: tracks from the album are at #s 1, 2, 4, 8, and 9. In fact, make up a full 50% of the Top-20 this week!

She’s also making waves on the Viral Chart with a track at #4 this week. 

The most-viral song of the week in Taiwan, however, is Diddy – Dirty Money’s “Coming Home”, a track featuring Skylar Grey that came out in 2010 on their debut album Last Train To Paris. You never know what’ll show up on the charts!


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