Friday, June 17, 2016

The Song of Summer for 2016 Has Been Foreseen and We Have Science to Thank

There’s no need to keep your ears glued to the radio in order to find out which song will define your upcoming summer. In fact, Shazam has completed most of the hard work for you. The mobile app has been observing raw numbers and global trends of its 500 million users for the past few months. Through its prediction and ranking process, the music identification app has compiled a list of songs which will surely become the soundtrack of every BBQ, beach trip and backyard party you attend. So what do the numbers have in store for us in the months to come?

Coming off the monster success of their EDM hit “#Selfie” and indie-flavored “Roses”, The Chainsmokers didn’t disappoint with their latest single. The collaboration with Pittsburg-native, Daya, has received an overwhelming amount of positive commercial reception both domestically and internationally. “Don’t Let Me Down” has dominated Shazam’s music charts with over 2 million musical fingerprints. The song currently sits at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has been on the chart for 17 weeks.

Musical newcomer Kent Jones goes proves to listeners that language barriers won’t hinder his romantic pursuits in his debut single, “Don’t Mind”. The hip-hop artists’ ode to women of all ethnicities has been experiencing an enormous surge in popularity. The song has received close to 2 million hits on Shazam and is quickly climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, where it’s currently ranked at No. 11. The single has spent a mere six weeks on the chart, leaving plenty of room for this hit to grow.

Receiving island treatment from Sean Paul, “Cheap Thrills” has provided Sia with her sixth No.1 hit on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart. The second single from the critically acclaimed album, This Is Acting, has made a swift climb up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart as well. Over the past week the song has jumped from No. 19 to No. 13 as well received the largest gain in air play and performance of any song on the chart. The single had received over 6 million Shazams worldwide since its release.

The title song for the movie “Trolls” accumulated over 10,000 Shazams withing 24-hours of its release. The song’s fun and effervescent nature provide the perfect recipe for a windows-down summer jam. “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” has already peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in its five-week appearance and hasn’t strayed very far from the top spot. 

Calvin Harris and Rihanna have proven to be a winning combination, providing us with smash-hits like “We Found Love”. The EDM track has been a commercial success since its release, debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The single has received over 2 million Shazams and has dominated every musical chart it’s appeared on. If the early reception is any indication, this song will surely be played at clubs, parties and dance floors alike all summer long.

It’s no surprise that this tropical hit is in the running for “the song of summer”. Since its release, Drake’s first No.1 single has danced its way to the top of every music chart. The song is currently sitting pretty at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and shows no signs of slowing down. The track has reached 3.5 million worldwide Shazams.

- Intern Brittney

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