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Spotify Chart Watch – July 15, 2014

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


Earlier this week, we posted an in-depth breakdown of the Spotify Viral Chart discussing how the chart is calculated and how it’s being used to break artists weekly. Check it out here: http://www.spotifyartists.com/spotify-viralchart/


Global Highlights:

Last week, it looked like “Summer”‘s reign at the top of Global Spotify-50 was coming to a close. Ariana Grande’s “Problem” was just 10,000 streams behind the Calvin Harris hit and on the rise.

But “Summer” lasts for at least one more week on top of the Global chart, as this week Harris hit #1 for the tenth week in a row. “Problem” stays at #2 for the second week in a row, this time 200,000 streams off the top.

MAGIC! reached the top spot in the US for the first time last week, and it looks like the rest of the world took notice. Their reggae-pop jam “Rude” jumped seven spots on the Global Spotify-50 this week from #10 all the way up to #3. Iggy Azeala’s “Fancy” and Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” round out the Top-5.

AltJAlt-J enjoyed massive success on the Spotify Viral Charts with the first release from their new album This Is All Yours, so it makes sense that the second release is following suit. “Left Hand Free” debuted at #1 on the Global Viral Chart, showing that people are really, really excited about this new album. It’ll be out in September.

Indie-popper Grimes is in at #2 with her track “Go”, which was apparently written for and rejected by Rihanna. Seems to be doing quite well as a Grimes solo track!

Last week’s viral breakout Meghan Trainor comes in at #3, as “All About That Bass” enjoyed another week of being streamed and shared at huge levels.


US Highlights:

The entire US Top-3 is unchanged this week after MAGIC!’s takeover of the top spot last week. “Rude” is #1 for a second week in a row, while Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem” come in at #2 and #3 respectively.

A pair of familiar names round out the Top-5 as well: Nico & Vinz are in at #4 with “Am I Wrong”, and Disclosure comes back into the Top-5 with “Latch” at #5.

BreakFreeThe biggest debut of the week, however, comes from Ariana Grande. Her collaboration with Zedd, “Break Free”, was streamed nearly 1.6 million times last week, good enough to propel the songstress to a debut at #10. “Problem” jumped out of the gate in May with 1.7 million streams, so if that song’s trajectory is any indication “Break Free” will be breaking into the Top-5 in no time.

Alt-J enjoy their second US-Viral #1 in four weeks with “Left Hand Free”. Israeli producer/DJ Borgore comes in at #2 with “Ratchet”, a track from his newly released album #NEWGOREORDER, and Grimes is #3 on the US Viral Chart with “Go”.


UK Highlights:

Ariana Grande’s “Problem” may have been shut out of the top spot in the US for several months, but the track had no such problem in the UK. The lead single from August’s My Everything debuted at #6 on the UK chart last week, and shot to #1 this week. 

DFA1979Last week’s #1, “Sing” by Ed Sheeran, drops a spot to #2 after two weeks on top. The track is only a few thousands streams out of the chart pinnacle, so it looks like a battle for #1 will continue on the UK chart for the foreseeable future. And watch out for a newcomer as well: George Ezra’s “Budapest” is up two spots #5-#3 this week and gaining ground fast.

Ella Henderson, who looked ready to top the chart just a few weeks back, drops to #4 this week and Mr. Probz’s “Waves” continues its chart decline; it’s down one spot #4-#5 this week. 

Alt-J is #1 on the UK Viral Chart, followed by Grimes. Death From Above 1979 released their first single in a decade last week, a hard rocker called “Trainwreck 1979” and it’s pretty clear the UK is excited about it. The song debuts at #3 on the Viral Chart.


Ones to Watch: 

Viral favorites Bleachers (featuring Fun.’s Jack Antonoff), released their debut album Strange Desire this week, and if the singles’ success is any indication we’ll see tracks from this record all over the charts next week. New albums from Jason Mraz, Jungle, Little Daylight, and Morrissey should make an impact as well.   

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