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post Mar 11 2020, 03:05 PM
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he biggest global singles of 2019 have been revealed, with Billie Eilish topping the list with Bad Guy.

The track shifted a massive 19.5 million track equivalents worldwide, made up of audio streams, video streams and permanent downloads, global music industry body the IFPI reports. Bad Guy beat Lil Nas X's Old Town Road to the top spot, finishing just over 1 million units ahead.

Bad Guy debuted at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles Chart in 2019, held off the top spot that week by Lewis Capaldi's Someone You Loved - the UK's biggest song of that year and the ninth biggest song globally (9.1m). Bad Guy topped the charts in more than 15 countries, including America, Australia and Canada, and won a Grammy for Song Of The Year.

MORE: Billie Eilish's Official UK Chart history in full
Frances Moore, chief executive of IFPI, said: "Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with her incredible voice and genre-defying sound. She is also an artist who addresses important issues like mental health in her lyrics that clearly resonate with her fans all over the world. We wish her success for what will no doubt be another standout year."

Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Senorita was the world's third biggest song last year. The latin-inspired track topped the charts in 3 countries, including Official UK Singles Chart, where it spent six weeks at the summit in July/August. Camila claimed 2018's biggest global single with Havana.

Australian artist and former busker Tones and I scored the world's sixth biggest song of 2019 (11.4m), and US singer-songwriter Halsey rounds out the Top 10 with Without Me (9.1m).

MORE: The UK's Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2019
Top 10 Global Singles 2019
RANK ARTIST TRACK NAME GLOBAL CONVERTED TRACK EQUIVALENTS (MILLIONS)
1 Billie Eilish bad guy 19.5
2 Lil Nas X Old Town Road 18.4
3 Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello SeŮorita 16.1
4 Post Malone, SwaeLee Sunflower 13.4
5 Ariana Grande 7 rings 13.3
6 Tones and I Dance Monkey 11.4
7 Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber I Don't Care 10.3
8 Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Shallow 10.2
9 Lewis Capaldi Someone You Loved 9.1
10 Halsey Without Me 9.1



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post Mar 11 2020, 03:06 PM
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What do you guys think about this? I feel streaming screwed everything up..... 20 millions for a song and still counting, it will eventually reach 40-50 millions some day...

Back in the day an artist should promote the hell out of it travel the whole world to sell even half than this number.... I find it shameful....
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post Mar 11 2020, 03:34 PM
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QUOTE(Charis @ Mar 11 2020, 04:06 PM) *
What do you guys think about this? I feel streaming screwed everything up..... 20 millions for a song and still counting, it will eventually reach 40-50 millions some day...

Back in the day an artist should promote the hell out of it travel the whole world to sell even half than this number.... I find it shameful....


Shameful? If something, no one can accuse people like Nas X of being lazy and not doing promo and not working for the song after releasing 2367123 versions and videos etc

Is this another random tantrum against streaming cos Westlife didn't get the #1?
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post Mar 11 2020, 03:38 PM
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Mar 11 2020, 05:34 PM) *
Shameful? If something, no one can accuse people like Nas X of being lazy and not doing promo and not working for the song after releasing 2367123 versions and videos etc

Is this another random tantrum against streaming cos Westlife didn't get the #1?


Am i disallowed to post anything for discussion because I am a Westlife fan? Is it disallowed to post anything because we are inside the EU? I really don't get it. Just share your opinion....


We have 14 of them, we are good... cool.gif
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post Mar 11 2020, 06:43 PM
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Such a mediocre list of songs
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post Mar 11 2020, 08:38 PM
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I only like 2 songs on that list. Maybe itís due to getting older but I donít think there has been the same quality or variety of music impacting on the charts since streaming.
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post Mar 11 2020, 08:53 PM
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Streaming ruined the charts. I dont care what yall say.
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Streaming ruined the charts. I dont care what yall say.


More disappointingly, streaming ruined paid-for sales of music; the incorporation of it into charts around the globe merely reflected that sad truth, and the sheer speed at which the cannibalisation process was unfolding.

I hate the impacts streaming has had on the UK singles (less-so albums) chart, but there was no way it could ignore it forever. While personally I'd liked to have kept the two tabulations separate, denoting that they are clearly two very discrete means of measuring a song's commercial success, I fully understand why the industry and the charts company it sponsors felt that wasn't an option, and that a 'single source of truth' was what was required, however awkward the juxtaposition of two different forms of consumption proved to be. I really still don't fully understand though why streaming has taken off to such an exponential degree; or more accurately why it's effectively stripped the traditional sales market down to minimal levels. Is buying music really such a bad deal? Perhaps this is because I believe in paying a reasonable sum for recorded music, and still see one-off purchasing (when there is a reasonable market for it) as a better overall barometer of popularity that multiple rented listens, if only because of all the issues we have with passive streaming of predictable and unchanging preconfigured playlists by large streaming sites, which in turn have led to ludicrous exclusion and consumption-based arbitrary chart rules that skew the true picture of what the biggest songs are each week. Streaming also only brings notable revenues for very established artists, mostly in the 'urban' genres, which tilts chart performance in favour of a very musically-limited set of acts and slows its turnover to a hibernating animal's heartbeat. Or, it could just be that I am something of an old-fashioned bloke who treats technology with more of a reproach than approach in general and I still resent that music is now so dominated by virtual media rather than tangible, physical product - for all the cost, labour and space saving the digital revolution brought us. In any case though, the hard truth is that the figures speak for themselves, and there would in 2020 be little point in persisting with an argument that a sales-only chart should be the format for the singles rankings, because in the average typical seven-day frame, the best-selling track struggles to turn-in 7,000 or so downloaded copies, often less, and a just-into-five-figures tally is now something to be celebrated. Physical singles are virtually irrelevant despite the mini-boom in vinyl sales and artist-own websites selling limited edition CDs. When one considers that the 100th bestseller probably shifts 1,000 or below, it is clear that the sales-only listing, while still useful to us chartologist types as a like-for-like direct comparison with the pre-July 2014 official singles charts, is simply not relevant to enough people any more to command any great impact or support. Streaming now seems set to be the way that 95%+ of our music gets consumed in the foreseeable future, right or wrong, love or hate.

I still half-hope something seismic will happen to wake people up and draw them back to buying instead of renting, but, short of a global internet meltdown, which is hardly desirable given the reliance we now have on it in wider society, the chances of this look to be somewhere between 'fat' and 'no'.
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