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Spotify Chart Watch – July 29, 2014

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


Global Highlights:

Another week, another Global #1 for MAGIC!. “Rude” was the most-streamed song in the world again this week; it amassed 8.39 million streams to put it well ahead of former #1, Calvin Harris’ “Summer”, which came in at #2. This is the second week in a row that MAGIC! has topped the global chart.

The rest of the Top-4 remain unchanged this week, with Ariana Grande’s “Problem” taking #3 and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” at #4. Smith’s streams increased this week while Grande’s decreased, so expect those two tracks to switch places soon.

Sia debuts in the Global Top-5 this week jumping three spots #8-#5, thanks to 6.34 million streams of “Chandelier”. To make room, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” drops out of the Top-5 for the first time since May 18th.

SBTRKTSBTKRT tops the Global Viral Chart this week; his collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig called “NEW DORP, NEW YORK” was the most-talked about track on Spotify. This bodes well for his album Wonder Where We Land, which is due out in September.

Last week’s Viral King, “Weird Al” Yankovich, stays in the Top-2 with “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!”, clearly the most viral track from his #1-debuting album Mandatory Fun.

BANKS rounds out the Top-3 this week with “Beggin For Thread”, the fourth track from the singer/songwriter to reach the Global Viral Top-5 since September 2013.


US Highlights:

In the US, MAGIC! still rules the chart, but there may be a new #1 coming soon. “Rude” is on top for the fourth week in a row, but its streams declined this week. Meanwhile, Sam Smith crooned his way into the runner-up slot with “Stay With Me”, thanks to a 500,000 stream increase. If those trends keep up, we’ll have a new #1 in the States as early as next week.

Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” drops a spot #2-#3, rounding out a Top-3 fully occupied by non-American artists. 

Ariana Grande shows up in the Top-10 twice: “Problem” spends another week at #4 and “Break Free”, her collaboration with Zedd, stays at #10 for a third week.

BegginForThreadElsewhere, Disclosure and Sam Smith round out the Top-5 with “Latch”, and Sia’s “Chandelier” jumps two spots #9-#7.

Last week, Shakey Graves debuted on the US Viral Chart at #5 with his memorable performance of “Dearly Departed” featuring Esmé at the Spotify-SXSW House, and this week the track jumps to #1. Put simply, Shakey is one to watch. Check out a video of his performance in Austin here and keep an eye on this dude. His success on the Viral Chart seems to be predictive of more great things to come.

BANKS debuts at #2 on the US Viral Chart, and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” is #3.


UK Highlights:

MAGIC! tops the UK Chart as well this week, beating out Ariana Grande’s “Problem” by a paltry 7,200 streams. This is MAGIC!’s first week atop the UK Chart, but it remains to be seen how long the run will last.

Magic!George Ezra’s “Budapest” is third for the third week in a row, Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” drops two spots #2#4, and Ella Henderson’s “Ghost” rounds out the Top-5. Interestingly, while Sam Smith is ascending the charts in other territories around the world, he’s falling on the UK chart, this week one spot #7-#8. This is happening in spite of an increase in Spotify streams, so it shows that his growth in the UK is plateauing compared to other emerging artists.

SBTRKT owns the Viral Chart in the UK, but with a different track. His collaboration with Sampha, “Temporary View” debuts at #1 and “NEW DORP, NEW YORK” is #3. Canadian indie rockers Alvvays split the difference at #2 with their breezy single “Archie, Marry Me”.


Ones to Watch: 

The (girl) power-trio Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj released a new song this week called “Bang Bang”, and it’ll be interesting to see if the sum of the collective firepower will equal its parts. New singles from Maroon 5, The Gaslight Anthem, and Porter Robinson stand to make an impact too, along with the proper studio version of Shakey Graves’ “Dearly Departed ft. Esmé”.


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