Bastille chat to OfficialCharts.com about scoring the UK's most streamed track of all time!
Earlier this week the Official Charts Company announced that audio streams from services such as Spotify, Deezer and Napster, will count towards the Official Singles Chart. We caught up with Bastille, the band responsible for Pompeii, AKA the UK’s most streamed track… EVER!
“It’s definitely a good thing,” frontman Dan Smith told OfficialCharts.com backstage at the Parklife Festival. “I think for the charts to be fair, it has to reflect how people digest music. We’ve grown up with the Official Chart, it’s the thing that everyone looks to, back since the days of Top Of The Pops, it’s what people look to, to see how stuff’s doing.
“Shy of bringing in number of illegal downloads, I think bringing streaming in to the Official Singles Chart is pretty much as close as you can get to reality,” he adds. “So its definitely a good thing.”
Having been streamed over 26 MILLION times in the UK alone since its release last year, the success of Pompeii has come of something as a shock to the London-based group.
“I wrote it in my bedroom and we made it with our friend in his little studio,” Dan explains. “Everything that’s happened with Pompeii has completely blown our minds and the fact that we’re still doing this is as a job is insane.”
Bastille are in good company, joined on the Official Top 10 Most Streamed Songs Of All Time by the likes of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky FT Pharrell Williams, Aviccii’s Wake Me Up and OneRepublic’s Counting Stars, with fellow countrymen Arctic Monkeys topping the Official Top 10 Most Streamed Acts Of All Time chart.
“We’re big Arctic Monkeys fans, when we were growing up their music was on the radio and they’re still really relevant and they’re still making different sounding but brilliant tracks”, says Dan. “It’s so amazing to see a band on their fifth album still being as big, if not bigger than they ever were, that’s how it should be. People should be allowed to have careers; they should be allowed to grow.”
Check out our full interview with Bastille, and find out the most streamed track on their devices, below: