He may have missed out on the Christmas Number 1 crown, but super producer and musician Mark Ronson today makes chart history all of his own as the infectious Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars on vocals, becomes the first track ever in the UK to rack up over 2 million audio streams in a week.
Rewind to spring 2013 when Daft Punk became the first act to hit 1 million streams of a track in a week with their then monster chart smash of the year, Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams. With the continued explosion of the UK streaming market, a further slew of tracks have managed the 1 million streams in a week feat since, including the likes of Ariana Grande FT Iggy Azalea’s Problem, George Ezra’s Budapest, Taylor Swift’ Shake It Off and Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass, to name just a few. However, no artist before today has managed to break the 2 million streams mark in a week.
The Official Charts Company announced this summer that from July 2014 streaming data from audio streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music and more were to count towards the Official Singles Chart for the first time. And so for the first time in Christmas Number 1 race history, it’s not just what the UK has been buying and downloading this week that counts, but what you, the British public, have been listening to during the Christmas festivities too.
No doubt the soundtrack to many a Christmas party this week, former Number 1 Ronson’s Uptown Funk which was rush-released last week following the runaway success of X Factor contestant Fleur East’s performance of the track, has racked up a staggering 2.34 million streams in the past seven days, and finishes the Christmas Number 1 race in second place. In doing so, Ronson overtakes previous record holder Ed Sheeran who notched up a cool 1.72 million streams of Thinking Out Loud in November of this year, and has even managed a personal best of his own this week with a whopping 1.85 million streams. Nice one, Ed!
A further five tracks have crossed the million streams in a week barrier this week - Hozier’s Take Me To Church (1.1m), Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (1.1m), Olly Murs’ Wrapped Up FT Travie McCoy (1.1m), Calvin Harris’ Outside FT Ellie Goulding (1m) and One Direction’s Steal My Girl (1m).
But a big congratulations to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk has certainly given it to the UK this Christmas. HOT DAMN!