International top tracks on Last.fm: Perry hits four-week winning streak
Monday 04 October 2010
For the fourth consecutive week, US singer Katy Perry's track "Teenage Dream" is number one in the singles charts at Last.fm, the internet radio station that lets users in more than 200 countries listen to music in the site's library. Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" and "Bad Romance" take the second and third spots, while Linkin Park and Florence and the Machine maintain their places in the top ten.
Electronic band The xx is holding steady with two singles, "Crystalised" and "Islands," in the top ten for the third consecutive week. Already one of the hottest new acts since the release of its album xx, the group gained even more listeners after scooping the prestigious Mercury Prize, a UK album-of-the-year award that often goes to cult favorites rather than major mainstream artists. The xx, which formed in 2005 after members met while attending the same school, follows in the footsteps of other acts that have won the prize, including Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys, and Elbow.
British band Florence and the Machine holds the eighth position for the second week, after advancing 23 slots last week for the re-released single "Dog Days Are Over." The single, part of the band's 2009 album Lungs, recently peaked at number 21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after the group performed it at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The video for "Dog Days Are Over" was nominated for four MTV Video Awards, including Video of the Year.
Last.fm's top tracks for September 19 through September 26:
Katy Perry - "Teenage Dream" (31,423 listeners) (no change)
Lady Gaga - "Alejandro" (29,866 listeners) (no change)
Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance" (26,150 listeners) (no change)
The xx - "Crystalised" (24,932 listeners) (+3)
Arcade Fire - "Ready to Start" (24,305 listeners) (+1)
Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs" (24,075 listeners) (-1)
The xx - "Islands" (24,054) (+2)
Florence and the Machine - "Dog Days Are Over" (23,827 listeners) (no change)
Lady Gaga - "Telephone (feat. Beyoncé)" (22,961 listeners) (+1)
Linkin Park - "The Catalyst" (22,877 listeners) (-6)
Last.fm claims more than 40 million active users based in more than 200 countries. Available in 12 languages, the site's radio service is free for users in the UK, the US, and Germany; elsewhere, a subscription costs €3.00 per month. Using a system called "scrobbling," Last.fm's charts measure everything its users listen to through the Last.fm website as well as hundreds of other music sites and services, including iTunes, Spotify, and The Hype Machine.
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