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Spotify Chart Watch – June 17, 2014

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


Global Highlights:

In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place this Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 A.M. EDT. But even though summer hasn’t even officially started yet, you’ve probably got an opinion about what the ‘Song of the Summer 2k14′ will be. Spotify users have made their choice loud and clear, and it’s a song with a tremendously apt title: Calvin Harris’ “Summer” is the most-streamed song in the world for the sixth week in a row. 

But streams of that megahit have been decreasing over the last two weeks, and in fact it failed to crack the 9-million stream mark for the first time since mid-May this week. Meanwhile, Jason Derulo’s latest single “Wiggle” (featuring Snoop Dogg) is rising up the charts quickly. Thanks to a 900,000-stream increase this week, the track jumps three spots #5-#2. It still sits a full million streams behind Harris at #1, but if these trajectories continue there might be a new global #1 soon. 

JasonDeruloDerulo and Snoop leapfrogged over Ariana Grande and Iggy Azaela – “Problem” and “Fancy” both drop a spot (#2-#3 and #3-#4, respectively) – and David Guetta’s “Bad” rounds out the Top-5.

Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” makes its Top-10 debut on the Global chart this week; it’s up three spots #13-#10 and looks primed to jump further in the coming weeks.

This week’s Viral Charts are dominated by songs that appeared in video game trailers. British musician Mike Oldfield’s “Nuclear” holds the title of most viral song in the world this week; you’ll find it on his twenty-fifth (!) studio album Man on the Rocks, and also in the Metal Gear Solid V trailer . Pigeon John’s “The Bomb” is both #2 and #3 this week, as the album version and single version both went viral on Spotify. This track appeared in the trailer for the new video game Dead Island 2.

Both of these trailers premiered at the E3 Video Game Conference last week and immediately shot to the top of the Spotify Viral Charts, showing once again how good this chart is at capturing everything that’s happening in the world of music!


US Highlights:

US listeners have their own idea about what they think the ‘Song of the Summer 2k14’ should be: Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is #1 on the US chart for the seventh week in a row this week. This is a long run at the top, but so far isn’t even the longest run this year: Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” was #1 for eleven weeks this winter/spring.

“Problem” stays at #2 and “Summer” takes #3 in the US, this is the sixth week in a row that the Top-3 has consisted of these three songs in this order.

Magic!But MAGIC!’s “Rude” might shake things up in the near future. Thanks to a 200,000-stream increase this week, the song jumped two spots #6-#4 and into the Top-5 for the first time. “Wiggle” made a huge jump into the Top-5 last week, but stays solid at #5 this week.

“Sing” makes its Top-10 debut in the US as well thanks to a two-slot jump #12-#10. 

FUN FACT SIDENOTE: Eight of the Top-10 US tracks this week have one-word titles, including the entire Top-5. We’re running deep sociological and statistical analysis on this tidbit now to see if it can tell us anything about the short attention span of America in the Digital Age. Or something. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence…

Mike Oldfield and Pigeon John hold the top two spots on the US Viral Chart, followed closely by San Francisco rapper Watsky. “Whoa Whoa Whoa” is Watsky’s newest track, the lead single off forthcoming album All You Can Do, and has been buzzed about a lot this week. He’s definitely one to watch as the summer progresses!

New tracks from Bleachers, Lana Del Rey, and Spoon also made appearances in the Viral Top-10. These tracks are all ahead of much-anticipated releases coming later this summer, so look for these artists to be all over both the Viral and Top charts soon!


UK Highlights:

Ed Sheeran made huge leaps on most charts around the world this week, but, as predicted, the biggest leap came in his home country. “Sing” jumps up to #2 in the UK this week, just behind Mr. Probz’ “Waves”, which has its seventh week in a row at the top spot.

EllaHendersonSam Smith’s “Stay With Me” drops a spot #3-#2 to make room for Sheeran in the Top-2, and “Summer” and “Fancy” round out the Top-5 at #4 and #5, respectively. 

The biggest debut of the week comes from former X-Factor contestant Ella Henderson, who released her track “Ghost” this week. This song is co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and will appear on her forthcoming debut album Chapter One. It’ll likely appear close to the top of the Spotify-50 in the UK as well.

The video game trailer duo of Mike Oldfield and Pigeon John are #1 and #2 on the UK Viral Chart, followed by Chicago rockers Rise Against and their new single “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore”. We can expect a new album from them called The Black Market in July.


Ones to Watch: 

Lana Del Rey is really good at making music that 1) people listen to a lot and 2) people talk about a lot. Since our charts measure those two metrics, I think we can expect tracks from her new album Ultraviolence (out this week) to show up all over all the charts worldwide next week.

Hitmakers Clean Bandit, Tiësto and Linkin Park all put out albums this week that should impact the charts, and new tracks from Maroon 5, T.I., 5 Seconds of Summer, and Jason Mraz should chart as well.

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