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Spotify Chart Watch – May 13, 2014

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


Global Highlights:

There’s a new number one on the global Spotify-50. “Summer” the latest nice-weather-wave jam from Calvin Harris, concludes its meteoric rise to the top of the chart this week, jumping a spot #2-#1. This song wasn’t even in the Top 10 a month ago but has steadily risen the last four weeks and amassed 8.35 million streams last week. 

“Summer” knocks Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” out of the top spot for the first time since March after an incredible seven week run as the most-streamed song in the world. But don’t feel too bad for Clean Bandit; they’re still on the rise in one major market (more on that later), so this song will definitely not be going away anytime soon.

Mr. Probz’s “Waves” stays at #3 this week despite a slight decrease in streams. 

David Guetta’s latest “Bad (feat. Vassy)” took the biggest leap in the Top-10 this week: it jumped nearly 800,000 streams to propel it up four spots #8-#4. It definitely seems that Spotify listeners are starting their search for the Song of the Summer: the Top-10 has gotten decidedly more EDM-heavy in the last two weeks.

ChromeSparksClosing out the Top-5, John Legend’s “All of Me” spends its second week at #5.

Reddit users are quite familiar with the #1 song on this week’s Global Viral Chart it’s “Marijuana” from Brooklyn-based artist Chrome Sparks. The song was used to score a video of a Reddit user’s girlfriend’s cat getting drunk in her apartment and took off from there. Yet another example of the Spotify Viral Chart capturing the music zeitgeist better than any other metric out there!

Linkin Park’s new single “Until It’s Gone” is runner-up this week. It’s the lead single from their new album The Hunting Party, which is due for release in mid-June. Coldplay’s collaboration with Avicii, “A Sky Full of Stars”, rounds out the Top-3.


US Highlights:

Iggy Azalea continues her domination of the US Spotify-50 this week, amassing 2.8 million streams of “Fancy” and breaking her own record for most-streamed songs in one week in the US (set last week).

ArianaBandWBut Ariana Grande is gaining ground fast. “Problem” (which features Azalea) jumped a spot to #2 after its incredibly strong debut at #3 last week and was streamed 2.3 million times. That would have been enough for the #1 spot 42 out the last 52 weeks, but it still sits 600,000 streams behind the powerhouse that is “Fancy”. It’ll be very interesting to see these two huge hits battle it out in the coming weeks!

Calvin Harris’s “Summer is rising in the US chart too, up #5-#3, but still has a way to go to catch the two ladies running the US chart right now. John Legend and Katy Perry round out the Top-5.

Two songs that have already taken over the rest of the world made their debuts in the US Top-10 this week: “Rather Be” from Clean Bandit and Disclosure’s “Latch”. Both co-written by Jimmy Napes, we’ve seen these tracks do huge numbers in the UK and elsewhere, so there’s as good chance they content for the Top-5 in the US as well.

The US Viral Chart looks similar to the Global chart this week, with Chrome Sparks at #1 and Coldplay at #2. Usher’s new one, “Good Kisser”, comes in at #3.


UK Highlights:

Records are being broken everywhere this week! Mr. Probz’s “Waves” spends its second week at #1 on the UK Spotify-50. It was streamed 1.4 million times in the UK alone, which is the best streaming week ever for a track in the UK.

JamieXX“Summer” is #2 with 991,000 streams and Kiesza drops a spot #2-#3 with her track “Hideaway”. Iggy Azalea and Clean Bandit round out the Top-5.

Jamie xx released a new track this week called “Girl”, and this song promptly shot to the top of the UK Viral Chart. No word on whether or not Jamie xx will be putting out a proper solo album, but if he does you can bet it’ll have an impact on these charts!

Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” actually moved up a spot this week on the UK Viral Chart (#3-#2), and we’re still not sure why! If you have any intel, let us know in the comments. 

And the Dutch entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, “Calm After The Storm” by The Common Linnets, took third this week.


Ones to Watch: 

Michael Jackson’s new posthumous project XSCAPE has been much-discussed all over the internet, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some songs from that album impact the charts next week – especially the polarizing “Do You Know Where Your Children Are”. New tracks from Tiësto, G-Eazy, CAZZETTE, and Austin Mahone were released this week and could stand to show up in the charts next week, and look for new albums from Little Dragon and Chromeo to make an impact too.

Clean Bandit also just released an exclusive EP of “Rather Be” remixes; if the success of the original is any indication we might see some of those remixes on the charts too!

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