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Spotify Chart Watch – Mar. 24, 2014

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


Global Highlights:

It started as an underdog story that took the UK by storm and broke streaming records left and right. This week, “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne is the most-played song in the world.

You first heard about “Rather Be” on the Spotify Charts, when they debuted at #8 on the UK chart in January. Since then, this track has been unstoppable. It jumped to #1 in its second week on the UK chart with over a million streams that week (the first track to do that since “Get Lucky”) and only took two months to ascend to the top of the Spotify Global-50. It’s currently #1 in 13 countries and shows no sign of relinquishing the top spot anytime soon; the track jumped 500,000 streams this week and looks primed to be the first song to break the 800,000+ streams-in-a-week mark since November.

When we told the band they had the most popular song on Spotify in the world, here’s what they had to say: “Woah, just found out that “Rather Be” is the most played song on Spotify in the WORLD this week. To think of it being streamed across the world by so many people in countries we’ve never been to is amazing. When we were in Cuba filming our new music video a couple of weeks ago we were recognised by some Colombian guys. So we knew it was reaching people far away, but this Spotify news means it must be a lot of people! Great.”

“Rather Be” currently sits more than 300K streams ahead of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” at #2. “Horse” was unseated after a strong five-week run at the top of the Global Spotify-50.

Another viral hit, “#SELFIE” by The Chainsmokers, continues its improbable run up the charts this week; it’s up two spots #5-#3. This track started on the Spotify Viral Chart and has fully crossed over to the big leagues thanks to over 6million streams last week.

SiaChandelierPharrell and Pitbull round out the Top-5 with “Happy” and “Timber”, respectively.

A trio of new singles from established artists make up the Top 3 on the Global Viral Chart this week. The most viral song in the world is the new track from Sia called “Chandelier”. The song is the first single from the Australian mainstay’s sixth album, due later this year.

Swedish heavy metal outlet Sabaton will release their seventh album in May, and the first single from that album is making waves on the Global Viral Chart as well: “To Hell and Back” is #2 this week. 

And Lykke Li is back with a new album on May 2 called I Never Learn. The lead single from that album, “No Rest For The Wicked”, comes in at #3.


US Highlights:

While Katy has been knocked out of the top spot on the Global Spotify-50, she still retains her crown in the US. “Dark Horse” is #1 on the US Spotify-50 for the 10th week in a row, the longest streak at #1 since “Blurred Lines” spent 10 weeks at the top last summer. 

But Perry’s streams have gradually been decreasing while the #2 song, John Legend’s “All of Me”, has been on the rise. This week, the Legend ballad is up a spot #3-#2, but still sits about 170,000 streams behind “Dark Horse”.

“Talk Dirty”, Jason Derulo’s latest banger featuring 2 Chainz, drops a spot #2-#3 and Bastille stays in the #4 slot with “Pompeii”. 

IdinaMenzelEntering the Top-5 for the first time is “Let It Go”, the fan favorite from the Frozen soundtrack performed by Idina Menzel (Adele Dazeem?). The track has been a mainstay on the Spotify Viral Chart for months now and has gradually been making its way up the Spotify-50. This week it’s up five spots #10-#5.

Sia tops the Viral Chart in the US this week; “Chandelier” came out just ahead of the new Calvin Harris summer jam, aptly titled “Summer”, at #2.

Prince comes in third with his new track “FALLINLOVE2NITE”, a duet with Zooey Deschanel. Inspired by the TV show New Girl (in which Deschanel stars), it’s not clear if the song will appear on an upcoming Prince album, but we’re happy it’s here regardless.


UK Highlights:

Clean Bandit holds the top spot in the world this week, but it’s held the top spot on the UK Spotify-50 for the last eight weeks. It sits comfortably ahead of “Dark Horse”, which comes in at #2 with just over 723,000 streams.

At #3 is a song we first mentioned in last week’s Chart Watch: Route 94’s “My Love”, which, like “Rather Be”, features Jess Glynne on vocals. “My Love” jumped two spots #5-#3 this week, and it certainly looks we’re in for a double dose of Jess Glynne features at the top of the UK Spotify-50 next week. Watch this space to find out what happens!

Sam Smith’s “Money on My Mind” drops a spot #3-#4 (to make room for Route 94), and Pitbull rounds out the Top-5 with “Timber”, down a spot #4-#5.

FutureIslandsSinglesThe most viral song in the UK this week is “Seasons (Waiting on You)”, the opening track from Future Islands’ new album Singles, which is out everywhere today. The band’s incredible performance on The Late Show with David Letterman has gone viral, thanks in large part to frontman Samuel T. Herring’s inimitable dance moves, but also thanks to the fact that the song is excellent.

Future Islands also performed at the Spotify House at SXSW last week and, of course, crushed it. We expect this track to crossover to the Spotify-50 in no time.

Duke Dumont comes in at #2 this week with “I Got U”, his new single and the followup to last year’s smash “Need U (100%)”. Both tracks will appear on Dumont’s debut album, due out later this year.

Prince comes in at #3, and The War on Drugs is at #4 this week with “Red Eyes”. Fans loved their new and critically acclaimed album Lost in the Dream, and this track’s success on the Viral Chart shows that.


Ones to Watch:

We feel a lot of momentum behind Future Islands right now, and now that their album Singles is out in the world definitely expect multiple tracks to impact multiple charts. Other albums out this week from Shakira, Karmin, and Tokyo Police Club should show up too. 


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  • Juss Russ

    Glad to see that independent artists as well as popular major artist like Chris Brown can both share in success using Spotify!