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dan-G
post Apr 30 2020, 05:39 PM
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This is the Spotify chart and general streaming thread for May 2020, the go-to topic for the discussion of Spotify playlists and charts alongside discussion of other streaming services' charts such as Apple & Amazon!

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 the #1 still can be decided by who has better paid-for sales. Spotify counts for a good chunk of streaming sales (although it appears to be losing some market share as Apple Music and Amazon Music gain in popularity), 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 Apr 30 2020, 09:32 PM
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Rumors are that Drake is releasing a new album tonight... The charts are gonna be a mess next week
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post Apr 30 2020, 09:46 PM
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Was about to post this - 'Toosie Slide' very likely to hit #1 next week now then and it may not even be just by default!
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post Apr 30 2020, 10:03 PM
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QUOTE(Nimbus @ Apr 30 2020, 10:32 PM) *
Rumors are that Drake is releasing a new album tonight... The charts are gonna be a mess next week


That’s why we love the 3 song rule - it was designed solely to block Drake clogging up the Top 20
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post Apr 30 2020, 10:05 PM
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Drake better not release his album tonight. nocheer.gif
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post Apr 30 2020, 10:07 PM
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apparently this Drake project is a mixtape and not a proper album, and 'only' 13 tracks long, so if it's real it won't mess up the Spotify chart as much as Scorpion did (as it had 25 tracks and was promoted heavily by Spotify with it being an official album) - though Toosie Slide will likely get a big boost from it regardless.
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post Apr 30 2020, 10:14 PM
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QUOTE(___∆___ @ Apr 30 2020, 11:03 PM) *
That’s why we love the 3 song rule - it was designed solely to block Drake clogging up the Top 20

And Ed Sheeran.
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post Apr 30 2020, 10:15 PM
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Drake is definitely going to #1 officially next week then. Either with Toosie Slide (which will get a big boost from the mixtape release) or one of the new mixtape songs. I remember More Life being huge for a mixtape release. I'm sure this one will be bigger.
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QUOTE(___∆___ @ Apr 30 2020, 11:03 PM) *
That’s why we love the 3 song rule - it was designed solely to block Drake clogging up the Top 20


It was Ed Sheeran who prompted the rule change, not Drake tongue.gif

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This new Drake mixtape apparently includes the other Future collab song that's been on SoundCloud for a while but not on streaming platforms, as well as a collab with Playboi Carti that I've seen a bit of buzz for already in the past week or so. So depending on where they are in the tracklist those might be big. I am sure every song will make at least the top 40 if not the top 20 on day 1 regardless though.
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post Apr 30 2020, 10:29 PM
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Omg already May drama.gif

and ugh at Drake releasing puke.gif
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A new Drake album would push album sales up for sure so that’s a plus point of this happening.

I’m kinda hoping it’s true but then again I’m a fan of him laugh.gif
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post Apr 30 2020, 11:13 PM
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I wonder streams It’s Gonna Be Me by NSYNC will have in tomorrow’s update as that seems to be streamed every 30th April
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QUOTE(Hadji @ May 1 2020, 12:13 AM) *
I wonder streams It’s Gonna Be Me by NSYNC will have in tomorrow’s update as that seems to be streamed every 30th April

Does it? I've only seen that "it's gonna be May" meme once and that was today.
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ May 1 2020, 12:43 AM) *
Does it? I've only seen that "it's gonna be May" meme once and that was today.

They’ve even changed the title of the song on all platforms to "It’s Gonna Be Me (It’s Gonna Be May)"
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post May 1 2020, 12:20 AM
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Drake posted the official tracklist on Instagram now - this mixtape also has 'War', 'When To Say When' and 'Chicago Freestyle' on it for their debut on streaming services (previously released on YouTube and nowhere else). And there are actually 14 songs not 13. x
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post May 1 2020, 12:54 AM
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Oh good God, I can't deal with this. drama.gif
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post May 1 2020, 01:57 AM
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So it's happening nocheer.gif

On one side I am happy because I don't want Dua nowhere near her having a record of least selling album at #1!!!
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post May 1 2020, 02:55 AM
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What's more funny is that he announced that his new album coming this summer also. In like 2 months top. I'm happy!

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NMF
1 Savage Beyonce Remix
2 Marshmello/Halsey
3 Drake/Playboi Marti
6 AJ Tracey
7 HAIM
13 Doja Cat Nicki Minaj Remix
21 Oasis

HH updated and replaced the older versions ofSavage and Say So with the new released remixes...
they also added AJ Tracey and Marsh/Halsey
oh and they added now the Live Lounge single, don't think it was there before





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I wish Playboi Marti was a person!
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