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Sydney, Australia revels in dance beats and romantic pop songs in yesterday’s Shazam chart......Florida-born Dominic Fike uses contextual playlists to steadily grow his Spotify monthly listener count to 3.5M @chartmetric #nerdout #musicdata

Show Notes

  • Highlights
    • Sydney, Australia revels in dance beats and romantic pop songs in yesterday’s Shazam chart
    • Florida-born Dominic Fike uses contextual playlists to steadily grow his Spotify monthly listener count to 3.5M
  • Mission
    • Good morning, it’s Jason here at Chartmetric with your 3-minute Data Dump where we upload charts, artists and playlists into your brain so you can stay up on the latest in the music data world.
  • Date
    • This is your Data Dump for Thursday April 4th 2019.
  • Charts 
    • What’s going on down under? Checking yesterday’s Shazam daily charts for Sydney, Australia brings us a very pop-oriented selection with the “pop” genre tag coming up 20 times in the top 43 songs.
    • Next most common tag was “Alternative” with seven appearances.
    • Ava Max, Billie Eilish, Dean Lewis and Halsey all appeared the most on the chart, scoring two tracks each, while Dominic Fike’s “3 Nights” took the #1 spot which was released back in October of last year.
    • Lukas Graham’s ballad “Love Someone” and Loud Luxury’s dance hit “Body (feat. Brando)” both tied for the longest time on the Sydney charts at 59 weeks, piquing Australians’ curiosity for over a year now.
    • Taking the #2 spot was a dance remix of “Someone You Loved” by soulful crooner Lewis Capaldi, not to be confused with the Lukas Graham track.
    • And LA-based Ava Max not only takes the #3 spot with “So Am I” but she also has the chart’s entry with the most Shazams globally with “Sweet but Psycho” in the #34 spot at 6.2M.
    • Despite all the happy, pop-oriented English music, Latin boy band CNCO goes back and forth between Spanish and English in the smooth track “Pretend” at the #16 spot. 
    • You can check out our Latin boy band deep dive we did on them with a link in this episode’s notes.
  • Artist Highlight
    • Let’s dig a little deeper into Dominic Fike, who took Sydney’s #1 Shazam chart spot yesterday.
    • If you divide his 3.5M Spotify monthly listeners by his only 29K followers, his listener to follower ratio is a monstrous 120. 
    • To put that in perspective, Drake’s ratio is 1.1 and Ariana Grande’s is just under 2, which might not be the most fair comparison since they are some of the world’s biggest artists and therefore have been overexposed in the playlist ecosystem, but it does help you realize how relatively unknown Fike is, and how much traction he does seem to be getting with those that are in the know.
    • Fike is on 27 Spotify editorial playlists, including a lot of the Swedish platform’s mid-tier ones such as “Mood Booster” at 3.2M follows, “Good Vibes” at 2.2M and “Weekend Hangouts” at 1.3M. This seems to be a common way for emerging artists to plant their earworms into new listeners, via contextual playlists that cater towards what the listener is doing, versus what the music or artist is about. If you’re interested in learning more, check the show notes for our Medium article on it!
    • His track “3 Nights” also made it onto several of Apple’s “Today’s Hits” playlists in the Anglo-centric countries such as the US/Canada/Australia/New Zealand, and have been for about three months each. It also however made it into India’s version as well, maybe looking for a regional crossover.
    • With Shawn Mendes, Billie Eilish and Jacob Sartorius all notable followers on his Instagram profile, Dominic Fike looks like he’s got a bright future ahead of him, and his work cut out.
  • Outro
    • That’s it for your Daily Data Dump for Thursday April 4th 2019. This is Jason from Chartmetric.
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