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Spotify Chart Watch – June 24, 2014

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

Global Highlights:

Calvin Harris sits atop the Global Spotify-50 for the seventh week in a row this week, as “Summer” was yet again the most-streamed song in the world. Spotify listeners played the track 8.64 million times. That’s down from last week, but still plenty of streams ahead of Jason Derulo ft. Snoop Dogg’s “Wiggle”, which takes the #2 spot for the second week in a row. 

The rest of the global Top-5 is unchanged as well: Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea take #3 anad #4 with “Problem” and “Fancy”, and David Guetta’s “Bad” is #5 for the second week in a row. 

EdSheeranxThis week the Leeds art-rockers alt-J returned to the fray for the first time since their 2012 album An Awesome Wave, which won both the British Barclaycard Mercury Prize and our hearts. “Hunger of the Pine”, the lead single from their new album This Is All Yours, was the most viral song in the world by far this week. 

While the world will never agree on which soccer side to support, there’s definitely a consensus on which song to stream and share: “Pine” is the Viral #1 in 13 countries this week including Brazil, Portugal, Denmark, Switzerland, and more.

Another Brit, Ed Sheeran, released his new album x last week, and tracks from that record are showing up all over the Global Viral Chart: “Thinking Out Loud” is the leader at #2, “Afire Love” comes in at #5, and three more tracks show up in various places on the chart.

A pair of familiar names make up the rest of the Viral Top-5: Maroon 5’s new one “Maps is at #3 and T.I.’s “No Mediocre” comes in at #4. We think all of the songs in this Top-5 have the potential to cross over to the Global Spotify-50, so keep an eye on this space to track the action!


US Highlights:

There’s a familiar sight at the top of the US Top-50, too: Iggy Azalea is #1 for the eighth week in a row and Ariana Grande comes in at #2 for the seventh week.

Magic!“Fancy” has a comfortable 500,000 stream lead, but “Problem”‘s grip on the runner-up slot might be coming to an end this week. That’s thanks to Canadian reggae-pop band MAGIC!, whose single “Rude” has been shooting up the charts quickly the last few weeks. This week it jumps a spot from #4-#3, and sits just 40,000 streams behind Grande. All of these means that next week we should look for a new song in the Top-2 for the first time since May 4th.

World-conquerer Calvin Harris dr  ops a spot #3-#4 this week to make room for MAGIC!, and Nico & Vinz gained enough streams to re-enter the Top-5 at #5. 

Alt-J comes in at #1 on the US Viral Chart, followed by ABC’s “Nashville” stars, YouTube sensations and (this week) White House visitors Lennon and Maisy. Their cover of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes’ “That’s What’s Up” is at #2.

Ed Sheeran’s new album is making waves in the US, too, “Thinking Out Loud” from x is #3, and Maroon 5 / T.I. round out the Top-5 at #4 and #5, respectively.


UK Highlights:

It was a big week for chart watchers in the UK this week, as it was announced that streaming data will start being incorporated in the UK’s Official Singles Chart. So starting July 6, the charts we track here will have a direct impact on who goes to #1 on all charts in the UK. And its a good time to start incorporating the data, because things are about to get very interesting on the UK Top-50…

One person who will probably be very happy about this change is Mr. Probz, whose track “Waves” comes in at #1 on the UK Spotify-50 for the eight week in a row.

EllaHendersonBut that track’s run at the top may come to an end soon, as former X-Factor contestant Ella Henderson is bolting up the charts fast with her new song “Ghost”. This week it jumped eight spots from #10 to #2, and sits a mere 3,000 streams out of the top spot. 

Only 24,000 streams behind Henderson is Ed Sheeran; “Sing” dropped a spot #2-#3 but streams of the track increased. So things are about to get very interesting at the top of the UK Spotify Chart, and the action will have a direct impact on the Official Singles Chart!

Alt-j is #1 on the UK Viral Chart, followed by Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (happy summer UK!). Aussie band Sheppard rounds out the Top-3 with “Geronimo”.


Ones to Watch: 

Tracks from Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence are starting to creep into the Top-50 in many countries, expect that trend to keep up. Viral favorites deadmau5, How To Dress Well and G-Eazy also all released albums that week that should make an impact on the charts next week.

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