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post Jan 31 2019, 10:05 PM
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This is the Spotify chart thread for February 2019, the go-to topic for UK Spotify chart discussion! This month it's all about Ariana Grande as '7 rings' is still smashing it at #1 and her new album is expected soon which will almost certainly do huge numbers on Spotify.

FAQs

What is streaming? What are the chart rules regarding streaming?

For streaming and chart rules related FAQs read this thread.

How do I see today's Spotify chart?

To see the daily top 50 update on desktop, log in to Spotify, click 'Browse', then click 'Charts', then click 'United Kingdom Top 50', or click the link below. The desktop top 50 may update before anything else so is always worth checking if the website is not up to date. However recently it has been known to not to do (even when the website has), so do check all sources. Also note that the Spotify Website will update before external websites (Kworb, LivePopBars). Occasionally there will be a delay in the Spotify chart updating which could even take days.

Useful web links:

Spotify App [top 50]
Spotify Website [top 200]
Kworb [top 200 and extra data]
LivePopBars [top 200]
SponOnTrack [top 200]

Hot playlist links:



How often does the chart update?

It should update once every day, usually in the early afternoon - although this is not 100% guaranteed. Sometimes the top 200 on the website will update but without the top 50 on the app updating, and sometimes there will be no update at all.

How many plays on Spotify equals one download sale?

100 plays if you are on Spotify Premium, or 600 if you are using the ad-supported free tier. However you cannot simply play a song that many times in one day to give it one sale, you are limited to 10 plays per day in terms of what counts to the chart. (Spotify will let you play a song on repeat 600 times if you really want to).

The number changes to 200 or 1200 plays when a song moves to ACR. For more information on the rules of ACR see this thread. For information on what songs are currently on ACR and what songs will be moving to ACR, refer to this thread.

How much does Spotify contribute to the chart?

Streaming contributes over 90% to the singles chart as a whole, although good paid-for sales are still essential for making the very top of the chart in most cases. Spotify counts for at least half of all streaming sales (probably, we can't actually be sure on that), so doing well on Spotify is essential for doing well in the chart.

Why is my fave not doing well on Spotify?

Is it being promoted on one of Spotify's major curated playlists? If it isn't, it's unlikely to really take off! Hot Hits UK is the biggest of these playlists, with over a million followers. The playlist usually updates itself to include breaking hits once or twice a week, though there is no guarantee that your fave will get a place on the playlist. Also, the UK Top 50 is a largely followed playlist and that songs often experience a 'top 50 effect', when they enter the top 50 and get the additional exposure of being on the playlist.

Often sales hits don't cross over to being streaming hits, this is usually the case for songs with an older target audience, reality or campaign songs. Also keep in mind that it often takes longer for a song to take off on Spotify than it would on iTunes.

My fave didn't debut high and is falling already, does this mean they're flopping?

Not necessarily. Most songs debut relatively low as they aren't instantly well-known, and experience a sharp decline on Day 2 as they no longer have the promoted 'New Music Friday' effect. A lot of songs manage to recover through gaining popularity and additions to playlists. Exceptions to the rule of course come from massively hyped artists/releases such as Justin Bieber/Ed Sheeran/Drake who will of course enter straight at the top.

What do the numbers mean?

The streaming figures cited in the daily chart are the number of streams each song received the previous day. Unlike the iTunes chart, Spotify is not a rolling chart so the numbers will only change once per day.

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post Feb 1 2019, 12:08 AM
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New month, new thread! wave.gif

Billie Eilish - 'bury a friend' is the top placed song on NMF
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post Feb 1 2019, 12:11 AM
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NMF

1. Billie Eilish - bury a friend
2. Snakehips ft. Rivers Cuomo & KYLE - Gucci Rock N Roll
3. Fredo ft. Dave - All I Ever Wanted
4. Nina Nesbitt - Is It Really Me You're Missing?
5. Soulé & C Cane - Love Tonight
6. Galantis ft. OneRepublic - Bones
7. Hamzaa ft. Wretch 32 & Ghetts - Breathing, Pt. 2
8. ALMA - When I Did
9. Circa Waves - Me, Myself and Hollywood
10. Astrid S - Someone New

Yes, that is Rivers Cuomo of Weezer on that Snakehips track laugh.gif
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post Feb 1 2019, 12:54 AM
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Shame LM aren’t on there
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post Feb 1 2019, 01:12 AM
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Why would they be... tongue.gif

The top 10 of NMF there looks pretty uninteresting (apart from Billie and possibly Fredo) but there are a few more lower down that I need to check out ~ I spy a new song by Netta of winning Eurovision last year fame *_
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post Feb 1 2019, 08:09 AM
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Billie Eilish, Alex Benjamin and NOTD
added to HH
Mabel is now track @1 on HH


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post Feb 1 2019, 10:15 AM
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QUOTE(Bré @ Feb 1 2019, 01:12 AM) *
I spy a new song by Netta of winning Eurovision last year fame *_


Imagine an even worse version of Toy with her screaming every few seconds and save yourself the listen.
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post Feb 1 2019, 10:16 AM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Feb 1 2019, 08:09 AM) *
Billie eilish, Alex benjamic and NOTD
added to HH
Mabel is now track @1 on HH

YES ALEC !!!!!
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post Feb 1 2019, 10:39 AM
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they also added Fredo/Dave and the version of Thursday with HER
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post Feb 1 2019, 10:49 AM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Feb 1 2019, 06:39 PM) *
they also added Fredo/Dave and the version of Thursday with HER


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post Feb 1 2019, 10:54 AM
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WHY IS THURSDAY BEING PUSHED AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post Feb 1 2019, 10:57 AM
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QUOTE(TheGrinch @ Feb 1 2019, 10:54 AM) *
WHY IS THURSDAY BEING PUSHED AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


She is performing with H.E.R at the Brits which I assume will be 'Thursday'.

It seems a pretty good idea as I'd assume a song like Thursday is a good album seller
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post Feb 1 2019, 11:05 AM
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better HER than Ed smile.gif
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post Feb 1 2019, 11:10 AM
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'Thursday' isn't particularly high on HHUK so I doubt this HER version is going to give it much of a chart boost.

'Don't Call Me Up' should go top 3 soon with its #1 HHUK placement.
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post Feb 1 2019, 11:39 AM
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looks like a lot of playlists have added the new version of Alec Benjamin - Let me down slowly featuring Alessia Cara, but HH have added the original instead
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post Feb 1 2019, 11:41 AM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Feb 1 2019, 07:39 PM) *
looks like a lot of playlists have added the new version of Alec Benjamin - Let me down slowly featuring Alessia Cara, but HH have added the original instead


Maybe a smart tactic to get double streams? People using HHUK hear the original and then stream the Alessia version out of curiosity, and vice versa tongue.gif
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post Feb 1 2019, 11:44 AM
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was alessia cara's 2nd album released in the uk?
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post Feb 1 2019, 11:54 AM
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Yes but lets pretend that it never x

It failed to chart.
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post Feb 1 2019, 01:37 PM
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10. Billie Eilish - bury a friend
20. Billie Eilish - when the party's over
39. Lauv x Troye = i'm so tired...
41. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - Look at Me
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post Feb 1 2019, 02:02 PM
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Maybe Troye could actually be set for his highest chart position yet?
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