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post Sep 17 2014, 03:49 PM
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Has that ever really happened? I mean, you check the wikipedia discography pages of Rihanna/One Direction etc and you'll find that their singles perform almost exactly the same worldwide (first few singles top three around the globe and then their later singles mostly all going top 30 around the globe) but I've never really saw a song go #1 everywhere and then peak at something like #12 in New Zealand, or a worldwide #1 with a #26 peak in Canada.

You can pretty much always predict how well a song will do in the UK based on it's worldwide performance. If a song hits #1 in a few countries and it's rising up the US iTunes you know it'll be massive here as well. If a song (for example Here's To Never Growing Up by Avril Lavigne) scrapes top 20 in some countries and barely top 40 in others then you kinda know it'll go to something like #14 here and then dissapear the next week. It would be bloody weird if that song flopped everywhere and suddenly was a big #1 in the UK.
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post Sep 17 2014, 03:51 PM
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Not a flop, but Stolen Dance (in the UK)?
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post Sep 17 2014, 03:55 PM
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Well, apparently its charting was just off airplay with no single released, but "My Heart Will Go On" has an amusing outlier peak of #34 in New Zealand tongue.gif

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post Sep 17 2014, 03:59 PM
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Waka Waka was a #1 in 10 countries but only went to #21 in the UK (it still sold well but wasn't massive)

Alors on Danse too, #1 in 7 countries, #25 in the UK (also flopped in Ireland and North America)

Stolen Dance is a good shout, it also underperformed in Denmark and North America
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post Sep 17 2014, 04:01 PM
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Ai Se Eu Te Pego in UK, although you did strictly say "one country" and that also did nothing in North America...
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post Sep 17 2014, 04:03 PM
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Ai se eu te pego is probably up there, it was colossal all over Europe but I think it flopped in the US, UK, Ireland and Australia (4 countries but still!).
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post Sep 17 2014, 04:04 PM
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Celine Dion's "Think Twice" flopping hard in the States springs to mind
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post Sep 17 2014, 04:04 PM
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QUOTE(Therm• @ Sep 17 2014, 03:59 PM) *
Stolen Dance is a good shout, it also underperformed in Denmark and North America

It's still going in the US, it hasn't been officially sent to pop radio, but just recently went #1 on Alternative, so maybe give it 6 months laugh.gif
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post Sep 17 2014, 04:34 PM
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Colbie Caillat - Bubbly.

It went T10 in a number of countries, but never got higher than #58 here. cry.gif
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post Sep 17 2014, 04:42 PM
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O-Zone - Dragostea Din Tie. Went top 3 all over Europe, but did nothing in North America. Well, until Rihanna got her hands on it, anyway. tongue.gif

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post Sep 17 2014, 05:04 PM
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QUOTE(Dircadirca @ Sep 17 2014, 04:55 PM) *
Well, apparently its charting was just off airplay with no single released, but "My Heart Will Go On" has an amusing outlier peak of #34 in New Zealand tongue.gif


That's still too high for that song.
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post Sep 17 2014, 05:50 PM
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Most of Abba's songs reaching number ones all over the world but barely registering in the US?
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post Sep 17 2014, 06:48 PM
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Not exactly a 'Wordwide hit' as such but Thomas Dolby's 'She Blinded me with Science' reached no.5 in the US and no.1 in Canada yet only got to no.49 in his native UK.
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post Sep 17 2014, 06:50 PM
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QUOTE(fchd @ Sep 17 2014, 06:50 PM) *
Most of Abba's songs reaching number ones all over the world but barely registering in the US?

I think 'Dancing Queen' got to no.1 in the US though, but they never really had any sustained success stateside.


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post Sep 17 2014, 08:07 PM
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I always found it really odd when I looked at the worldwide peaks of 'Just Dance' and it missed the top 10 in both Belgium and France.

01 Canada
01 UK
01 Ireland
01 US
01 Australia
03 NZ
03 Sweden
03 Spain
03 Norway
04 Holland
06 Denmark
07 Finland
08 Switzerland
08 Austria
10 Germany
13 Belgium (Flanders)
14 France
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post Sep 17 2014, 08:16 PM
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France regularly trolls artists' discographies on wikipedia with uniquely low peaks, especially for albums drama.gif. In fact, I just noticed someone (Joseph?!) has removed France's double-figured peaks from One Direction's page ohmy.gif.
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post Sep 17 2014, 08:34 PM
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One of the biggest selling singles and most well known songs of all time, Bohemian Rhapsody, apparently only peaked at 15 in France and 18 in Sweden ohmy.gif (this is just wikipedia knowledge mind)
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post Sep 17 2014, 08:54 PM
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Whilst not 'worldwide' hits but certainly charting in many countries Celine seems to have been a victim a few times -

The Power of Love - #1 in USA, Canada, Australia. Top 10 UK, Belgium, France, New Zeland and Top 20 in several other countries, Peaked at #57 in Germany.

Think Twice - Million selling #1 in the UK and scrapped the Top 100 peaking at #95 in the USA.

Cher -

Shoop Shoop Song - #1 in Austria, Ireland, UK, Norway, Spain. Top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Holland, France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland - Missed the USA Top 30 and peaked at #33.

Also Germany has let down Mariah Carey lots of times on tracks which have been Top 10 in every other country they have been released in and barely make the Top 40 there.
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post Sep 17 2014, 09:20 PM
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Jennifer Rush "Power Of Love". Was a huge hit here and in many other countries but peaked at #32 in France & #57 in the US.

Boney M "Rivers of Babylon" was also huge worldwide, but missed the top 10 in Italy (#11) and peaked at 24 in Canada, #30 in the US.

Pretty sure there are many other examples, especially with the US being an outlier in terms of a song's success.
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post Sep 17 2014, 09:28 PM
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QUOTE(Noahspike @ Sep 17 2014, 09:16 PM) *
France regularly trolls artists' discographies on wikipedia with uniquely low peaks, especially for albums drama.gif. In fact, I just noticed someone (Joseph?!) has removed France's double-figured peaks from One Direction's page ohmy.gif.


I've noticed this a lot before.
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