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Spotify Chart Watch – Feb. 11, 2014

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


Global Highlights:

It’s the sixth, but potentially last, week atop the Global Spotify-50 for Pitbull.

“Timber”, his collaboration with Ke$ha, was streamed 6.6million times globally last week, a decrease of about 150,000 plays. Meanwhile, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” has been increasing its weekly stream total in leaps and bounds. This week it jumps half a million streams to rise a spot #3-#2. That wasn’t enough to beat Pitbull, but only 100,000 streams separate the two tracks and all signs are pointing to a new Global #1 next week. Watch this space to find out what happens!

Pharrell’s “Happy” continues to do well, though it dropped a spot #2-#3 to make way for Perry’s meteoric rise to the near-top. “The Monster” from Eminem spends its 14th week in the Top-5 (up a spot #5-#4 this week), and OneRepublic rounds out the Global Top 5 with “Counting Stars”.

DillonFrancisThe most Viral song in the world this week is a new track from Lana Del Rey called “Once Upon A Dream”. This song was featured in the trailer for the upcoming Disney feature film Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie). The clip debuted during the GRAMMYs last week and clearly made an impact. This is Del Rey’s second song to hit #1 on the Viral Chart; her contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack ,”Young and Beautiful”, was #1 in May of last year.

Dillon Francis’s “Get Low” comes in at #2, and is a track you’ll only be able to hear on Spotify. Featuring DJ Snake, this track is an early look at Francis’s debut full-length album, set to be released later this year.

Speaking of new music, U2 is in the studio finishing up their new album right now, but they gave us a sneak preview in the form of single “Invisible”. Released in conjunction with the RED Foundation, “Invisible” rounds out the Top-3 on the Global Viral Chart this week.


US Highlights:

DeruloAnother week, another US #1 for Katy: “Dark Horse” is #1 on the US Spotify-50 for the fourth week in a row. The song benefitted from a GRAMMY bump last week so it actually saw a slight decrease in streams this week, but still took the top spot comfortably.

“Talk Dirty”, the Indian-influenced banger from Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz, is on the rise. This week it jumps five spots this week #7-#2 and looks like it might make a run at the top spot in the next week or two. This track comes from last year’s Tattoos EP (released as a full-length in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand).

A Great Big World’s “Say Something” dropped out of the Top-5 last week, thanks in large part to an influx of GRAMMY performers taking over, but this week it jumps back into the Top-3, up five spots #8-#3. Bastille’s “Pompeii” and Lorde’s “Royals” round out the Top-5, up one spot and down two spots respectively.

The top of the US Viral Chart looks the same as the Global Viral Chart, with Lana Del Rey and Dillon Francis in the top 2 spots.

#3 is held by Ingrid Michaelson, the video for her track “Girls Chase Boys” was released last week and generated a lot of media buzz. It’s a clever remake of Robert Palmer’s “Simply Irresistible” clip, and Spotify users clearly felt the need to share the track with their friends in droves.

SamSmithSpotifyThe anticipation for Phantogram’s new album Voices is reaching a fever pitch. It officially comes out next week (Feb. 18), and the band have built excitement by releasing multiple singles ahead of the album release, all of which have performed well on the Viral Chart. The latest, slow-burner “Bill Murray”, is #4 this week.

Tegan & Sara’s collaboration with The Lonely Island for the Lego Movie soundtrack, “Everything is AWESOME!!!” is .. well .. awesome. It’s #5 this week on the Viral Chart.

And keep an eye on Sam Smith, who comes in at #6 on the Viral Chart this week. Last year he pretty much changed the world with his vocal turn on Disclosure’s “Latch” and he’s gearing up to release his debut full-length album this year. Ahead of the album, he’s released the Nirvana EP, featuring some new songs and an acoustic version of “Latch”. That track made the Viral Chart this week, and you can expect Smith to show up on this chart (and the Spotify-50!) much more in 2014. 


UK Highlights:

CleanBanditCoffeeIn last week’s post we told you that Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” had one of the best streaming weeks of all time in the UK; it was the first track since “Get Lucky” to crack the 1-million stream threshold. How do you top that? How ’bout the best streaming week of all time!? The track featuring Jess Glynne was streamed nearly 1.2 million times in the UK last week, the highest one-week number ever for the UK, and looks poised to break its own record again next week. This track can’t be stopped!

The rest of the UK Top-5 features some familiar names: Pitbull’s “Timber” is up #3-#2, “Happy” from Pharrell is down #3-#2, and, just as they did last week, Avicii and Beyoncé round out the Top-5.

“Once Upon a Dream” puts Lana Del Rey at the top of the UK Viral chart, her second turn at the top of this particular chart. 

While Sam Smith is taking over the Viral Chart in the US, his pals in Disclosure are still killing it in the UK. Last month they debuted a new version of Settle‘s “F For You” featuring a guest verse from Mary J. Blige and officially released it last week; the track immediately shot to #2 on the Viral Chart.

U2’s “Invisible” is #3, and Prince is #4 after a string of ‘secret’ gigs in the UK last week. Another featured artist on Disclosure’s Settle, London Grammar, is #5 with their song “Strong”.


Ones to Watch:

New singles from David Guetta, Miranda Lambert, and Wiz Khalifa should make an impact on the charts next week – keep an eye right here to follow all the action! 


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