The results are in, and according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding was the most successful album of 2019 in the US market. Combining streams with 357,000 album sales, the pop-rapper’s third LP hit an impressive 3.001 million equivalent album units.
These numbers lead to Hollywood Bleeding enjoying five straight weeks at the top of Billboard’s weekly top 200. As is expected in today’s market, the majority of the sales came from stream equivalent albums (SEA’s). 2.452 million SEA units to be precise, which translates to 3.371 billion on-demand audio streams in 2019.
Hollywood Bleeding also lead the charts for track equivalent albums (TEA’s) with 192,000, but in terms of album sales, it was fourth. Taylor Swift‘s lauded Lover sales went into seven figures with 1.085 million. Second place went to Billie Eilish‘s masterful debut WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO?, with the soundtrack from Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born coming in at third with 486,000 sales.
On the single front, the highest streamed song of the year was unsurprisingly Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” with 2.5 billion on-demand streams. This number includes the figures from the remix featuring Billy Ray Cyrus as well as the other versions with RM of BTS, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, and even Diplo‘s official remix.
The 2.5 billion figure represents yet another broken record attached to the hip-hop/country crossover as it is the first single to break 2 billion on-demand streams in a calendar year.
Of the singles with the most streams in 2019, the first runner up is over a billion streams behind “Old Town Road.” Post Malone & Swae Lee’s, “Sunflower” made for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came in just under 1.5 billion on-demand streams with Billie Eilish once again in the top three as her lead single “Bad Guy” raked in just under 1.3 billion streams.
At just 17 years old, Billie Eilish has released Spotify’s most listened to album of the year, becoming the first female artist to ever claim the title. The California-based singer/songwriter amassed a walloping 6 billion streams for the year, and if her recent audio exposé “Everything I Wanted” is any indication, it seems like Eilish’s artistic discovery may be just beginning.
Spotify’s Most-Streamed Artist of 2019, however, goes to the universally adorned Post Malone, who leapfrogged his way to the head of the pack in the 12 weeks since the release of Hollywood’s Bleeding, the genre-bending vocalist’s third consecutive LP to seem destined for the upper echelon of critical acclaim. Streaming royalty Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran take the third and fourth spots of most-streamed artists for the year (with Eilish nabbing second).
Drake has had a light year in terms of releases, but it’s still strange not to see the crowned King of The Stream making any of the yearly lists. Fear not though, as the Canadian rapper wears his crown comfortably atop the Decade’s Most Streamed Artists, below.
Firefly Music Festival will revert to its former four-day glory for its 2020 iteration. Organizers of the Dover, Delaware-based event notably abbreviated Firefly to three days for the festival’s 2019 installment. However, come June 18-21, 2020, Firefly will return to the Woodlands with a wider array of artists in tow than this past year saw, naturally, thanks to its reinstated full format.
“We just couldn’t resist the opportunity for more music,” Firefly marketing director, Kyla Lombardo, told Delaware State News.
Coordinators’ decision to readopt the four-day structure was largely predicated on fan demand, Lombardo said. A limited stock of Firefly 2020 presale tickets is currently available on Firefly’s official website.
With its first iteration landing in 2012, Firefly has contracted a wealth of top-tier sonic cavalry from across the musical continuum. Last year’s edition hosted Post Malone, GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Travis Scott, and many more.
Each week, New Music Friday sweeps through with torrential force, showering streaming platforms with immeasurable amounts of new tunes. Just like Dancing Astronaut rounds up 25 of the biggest songs of the week for the Hot 25 Spotify playlist each New Music Friday, Lunar Lunes serves as a landing pad for SoundCloud users who want a whole new dose of tunes to kick off the work week.
In early September Post Malone dropped his third studio LP, Hollywood’s Bleeding, a 17-track compilation that finds the crooner hitting his stride for more of his finest work to date. Among the record’s booming tracklist is “Saint-Tropez,” which now has an opulent visual feature to boot. Saint Tropez is known to be one of the most luxurious destinations along the French Riviera, and the music video fittingly showcases Post Malone enjoying the finer things in life throughout his French escapades.
The video finds Post in a variety of exotic locations. From shots in the mountains showing off expensive jewelry, to flexing in front of a row of high-end cars with champagne, the video is the perfect dose of beautiful, wandering escapism, giving an apropos visual backdrop to a standout offering from Hollywood’s Bleeding.
Post Malone‘s third LP is a collaborative party of reputable rappers, such as Future, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, and Swae Lee, all of whom make cameos on Hollywood’s Bleeding. Hip-hop outliers include Halsey, SZA, and Ozzy Osbourne, who assist on “Die For Me,” “Staring At The Sun,” and “Take What You Want,” respectively. As on past Malone productions like 2018’s Grammy-nominated beerbongs & bentleys, Malone intersperses collaborations with high-profile fellow artists with his own solo songs.
Of the 17 new cuts that come courtesy of Hollywood’s Bleeding, 10 feature solely the verbal talents of Malone himself, accounting for the majority of the track list. Previously released singles like “Wow” and “Sunflower” resurface on the album. When streamed as a cohesive whole, Hollywood’sBleeding shows Malone’s style to be consistent with that of his past LPs: a mix of cool self possession that contrasts with vulnerability and ponderous romantic reflection, all lyrically expressed as the instrumentation rolls in the background. Hollywood’s Bleeding has both the heart and radio appeal that will presumably cement Malone’s latest extended effort in the cultural mainstream following its release.
Post Malone has revealed the release date and title of his long awaited new LP. The pop crooner announced his North American Runaway tour this past July, leading fans to believe this will be the name of his impending LP, though now fans have the record’s official name—Hollywood’s Bleeding. What’s more, Post assured fans the album is coming sooner than most thought.
A new album will follow the rapper’s 2018 album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, which was nominated for album of the year at the Grammy’s and after racking up massive streaming records on Spotify—achieving 47.9 million streams in the US and 78,744,000 streams globally on the music service within 24 hours. With Hollywood’s Bleeding now officially on the way, chances of a repeat for Post seem high heading into the fall.
Tiësto is back with his next high-profile collaboration, linking with Rita Ora for a brand new single. News of the collaboration broke with Rita Ora’s recent announcement on Twitter that she will sing vocals on Tiësto’s next track, “Ritual,” which is produced alongside Jonas Blue. Rita Ora is not new to the electronic music world, having previously been a vocalist for Avicii and Kygo releases.
“Ritual” comes hot off the heels of Tiësto’s recent EP Together, which features a collection of big room and house-leaning releases, as opposed to commercial crossovers.
The “Jackie Chan” producer peaked at 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his Post Malone collaboration, so it will be interesting to see how Tiësto’s next major pop collaboration unfolds. “Ritual” is set to be released on Friday, May 31 on Universal Music.
Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the bill.
Post Malone is back with a new hip-hop heater before the year’s end, as promised. The “Sunflower” collaborator announced that he would drop a song “before the year ends” on December 13, and now makes good on his claim with his final offering of 2018, “Wow.” The mellifluous single taps into the Post Malone technique that has long ensnared listeners: smoothly delivered verses, half-rapped half-sung, that float with finesse above the track’s catchy background beat.
Malone’s latest is a chilled out joint that bumps with tempered but perceptible energy. “Wow” arrives with an animated music video that featured a cartoon Post Malone, complete with face tattoos, and in the spirit of the holiday season, a Santa hat. The Christmas-themed video offers a festive visual for the single, which comes not out of Santa’s workshop, but Malone’s wheelhouse.