Map of the Soul: Persona, the new bomb from K-Pop masters BTS, records an absolutely impressive first week on Spotify at 98 million streams with a mere 7 songs. How does that compete against the top performers ever?
While the eyes of the many music industry observers are focused on the Chinese and Latin American markets development, the real action now is actually happening in India. Streaming platforms already count there with more than 150 million active users. This led both Spotify and YouTube Music giants to deploy their service in India over the last month.
In recent years, Kendrick Lamar has become one of the most popular artists in the world. His latest album, Damn, which was released exacly two years ago, ended up as the 7th best selling album of 2017 with over 1.3 million units shipped globally. How much has this album moved as of 2019? How big is he globally? We’ll find out shortly!
After a small break, we now find ourselves in 2001, a year intrisically linked to the horrific events that occurred in New York on the 9th September. But let’s not dwell on that and instead look at what acts, albums and songs from 2001 are still proving to be hugely popular with the general public.
Who’s the best selling girl group of all-time? This debate has been going on for decades. Among the most discussed contenders are the Spice Girls, the Destiny’s Child, AKB48, the Supremes, and TLC. We studied the first two, with the former emerging at the top with a tiny edge, at 48.5 million equivalent album sales.
Isn’t it the best moment to add to the mix the icons of the Contemporary R&B genre which exploded during the 90s, the TLC?
During the 90s contemporary R&B became the biggest thing around in the US. One of the flagships of the genre was the trio TLC. One of the greatest selling girl group of all-time, how do they perform on streaming platforms, both with their legacy catalog and their 2017 comeback?
Do you have any idea of what was popular in Mexico during the 70s? Which international music star struck them the most? Was it Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, or Elton John? Where they crazy about the former Beatles, or instead more into ABBA? Or Queen, or the Bee Gees? What about Pink Floyd then, was there a mania surrounding them as it happened in many places? Last but not least, how strong was the impact of Elvis Presley‘s passing?
Before the release of her debut album Lights, Ellie Goulding already won the BBC Sound of 2010 poll, which showcases the music industry’s top choices for rising stars. Since, her success seems being bigger and bigger with each new album. Recently, she teased her fans with a new release this year, so it is time to have a look on her streaming numbers!
Kendrick Lamar is arguably the most critically acclaimed rapper of his generation. This doesn’t always translate into commercial success yet. Is he mainstream? How popular are his songs? Check out his streaming numbers that tell us everything we need to know.
If you lived in the 90s, you probably remember the music that flooded the radios at the time. A variety of styles were in the spotlight: alternative rock rather early in the decade (Nirvana, Oasis…), teen pop in the second half (Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys…), divas (Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston…), soundtracks (Titanic, Bodyguard…) and so on. Do you know which songs are the most memorable of this decade? Place your bets!