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Spotify Chart Watch – May 20, 2014

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


Global Highlights:

It’s early, but it certainly looks like Calvin Harris might be ruling Summer 2014.

His track “Summer” is #1 for the second week in a row on the Global Spotify Top-50, and his lead is growing fast. The song amassed 8.88 million streams in the past week, a full half-million more than it had last week. Meanwhile, Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” stayed at #2 but streams decreased by almost 300,000, giving “Summer” a full 1.2-million stream advantage this week. 

The rest of the Global Top-5 also remained unchanged, with Mr. Probz’s “Waves” at #3, David Guetta’s “Bad” at #4, and John Legend’s “All of Me” rounding out the Top-5.

The biggest global jump in the Top-10 belongs to Ariana Grande, whose hit “Problem” rose three spots #10-#7. 

MJXscapeMichael Jackson’s new posthumous album XSCAPE had everyone on the internet talking, and as predicted that sent the King of Pop to the top of the Spotify Viral chart. “Love Never Felt So Good” is the most viral song in the world this week and a total of five MJ songs placed in the Viral Top-50.

We might have received the first look at DJ/producer Porter Robinson’s highly-anticipated album new album Worlds this week, and Spotify users around the world are clearly interested. “Sad Machine”, the first song where Robinson is featured on vocals, is #2 on the Global Viral Chart this week.

British electronic group Nero is at #3 with their new track “Satisfy”, and Chromeo’s track featuring newsmaker Solange is at #4. “Lost on the Way Home” is a highlight from their new album White Women, which came out last week.

La Roux rounds out the Viral Top-5 with “Let Me Down Gently”, the first new music we’ve heard from her since 2009. Her album Trouble in Paradise is out in July. 


US Highlights:

While the gap between #1 and #2 is widening on the Global Spotify-50, in the US the race for #1 is just getting started.

Iggy Azalea takes the top spot for the third week in a row with “Fancy”. The track was streamed 2.95 million times last week, which, for the third week in a row, breaks the record for most-streamed track in one week in the US.

But thanks to a 400,000-stream increase, “Problem” is closing the gap fast. Ariana Grande’s hit (featuring Azalea) was streamed 2.61 million times, so it still has some ground to make up. But if this upward trajectory continues we might have two tracks break the 3-million stream mark in the next few weeks. Azalea and Grande performed both tracks together at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend, so that might have an impact as well. Watch this space to see how it all plays out!

“Summer” stays at #3 for a second straight week, and John Legend remains at #4.

PorterRobinsonDJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What” is a new entry into the Top-5 this week, the track has been slowing building momentum and jumps two spots #7-#5 this week. 

Disclosure’s “Latch” also rose two spots #8-#6 this week, and Nico & Vinz debuted in the Top-10. “Am I Wrong” is up six places #15-#9.

The Top-2 songs on the US Viral Chart are identical to the Global Viral Chart: MJ and Porter Robinson take #1 and #2. Sylvan Esso released their self-titled album last week and a track from that record, “Hey Mami”, comes in at #3.


UK Highlights:

While Iggy continues to break records in the US, Mr. Probz continues to break them in the UK. The Robin Schulz edit of “Waves” continues its streak atop the UK Spotify-50 this week and racked up 1.42 million streams, enough to (again) break the record for one-week streams in the UK. This is “Waves”‘ third week in a row at #1. 

LaRoux“Summer” is slowly closing the gap but still sits 400,000 streams behind Mr. Probz at #2, and this week “Fancy” is up a spot #4-#3.

Kiesza and Clean Bandit round out the Top-5 with “Hideaway” and “Rather Be”, respectively. 

La Roux’s success on the Global Viral Chart was driven by excitement for the track in the UK, and, as such, “Let Me Down Gently” is #1 on the UK Viral Chart this week. Nero takes #2 and MJ’s “Love Never Felt So Good” rounds out the Top-3.

Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” placed in the Top-5 again, this week at #4. Feedback from last week’s question – “WHY!?” – suggests that the Brits simply enjoy listening to this song when the sun comes out. Happy Spring!


Ones to Watch: 

Other Billboard Music Award performers might experience an “Awards Show Bump” this week, especially Robin Thicke and his new track “Get Her Back”. New tracks from Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Jack White, Jason Mraz, and Tim McGraw could make waves. New albums from Cherub, Afrojack, and Phillip Phillips should make an impact too.


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