International top tracks on Last.fm: The xx, Crystal Castles climb the charts

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Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" holds its long-standing spot as the most popular track among users of Last.fm, the internet radio station that lets users in more than 200 countries listen to music in the site's library. MGMT's "Kids" has climbed into second place for the week ending April 25, while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" moves from second to third.

"Islands" by London-based group The xx has climbed seven spots to ninth place, with more than 22,000 unique listeners throughout the week. Originally released on the band's 2009 debut album xx, the track was re-released on a compilation, Life is Music 2010-1, out April 23. On April 20, a video clip for the track premiered, helping to boost the single into the top ten.

"Baptism," by Toronto electronic act Crystal Castles, tops Last.fm's list of most-hyped tracks, its popularity growing several thousand percentage points to claim more than 17,000 listeners. The track comes from the band's second album, which was released digitally on April 23, more than a month before its physical release.


Last.fm's top tracks from April 18 to 25:

1. Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance" (38,841 listeners)
2. MGMT - "Kids" (27,262 listeners) (+1)
3. Lady Gaga - "Poker Face" (27,053 listeners(-1)
4. Ke$ha - "TiK ToK" (26,642 listeners)
5. The xx - "Crystalised" (25,129 listeners) (+1)
6. Owl City - "Fireflies" (24,589 listeners) (-1)
7. Lady Gaga - "Paparazzi" (24,202 listeners) (+1)
8. MGMT - "Time to Pretend" (22,627 listeners) (+2)
9. The xx - "Islands" (22,385 listeners) (+7)
10. Muse - "Uprising" (22,265 listeners) (+2)


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. 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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