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AWAL First: Week of May 21


We have incredible artists releasing tons of new music each week, some of which claim a spot on our AWAL First playlist — a playlist dedicated to featuring some of the top-performing tracks in the AWAL catalogue for the week based on playlist adds, streams, and listeners.

This week we’ll be taking a closer look at the newest artists added to AWAL First Playlist, covering new music through AWAL from Betty Who, The Kooks, and Seven Lions, Tritonal & Kill the Noise feat. HALIENE.

1. Taste — Betty Who

Betty Who’s latest release, “Taste,” had a delicious debut weekend, scoring almost 320,000 streams from over 207,000 listeners.

Major Playlist Adds

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Along with 16 New Music Friday adds, “Taste” was included on Apple Music’s Best of the Week and Spotify Australia’s New Pop Sounds, among others.

AWAL Insights™: The majority — 53% — of “Taste’s” streams in its debut weekend were from women.

2. No Pressure — The Kooks

“No Pressure,” a new track from the Kooks’ upcoming fifth album, Let’s Go Sunshine (out August 31), had a major first week of release, earning over 405,000 streams from almost 260,000 listeners. “All the Time,” another track from forthcoming album, scored 326,000 streams from more than 194,000 listeners.

Major Playlist Adds

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“No Pressure” was added on 15 New Music Friday playlists worldwide, along with Spotify UK’s All New All Now and The Indie List — both of which have over 200,000 followers. The track was also #1 on Radar Indie, which featured the Kooks as its cover.

AWAL Insights™: 31% of all of “No Pressure’s” streams came from the Kooks’ native UK.

3. Horizon — Seven Lions, Tritonal & Kill the Noise feat. HALIENE

In its first weekend of release, “Horizon” earned an upwards of 285,000 streams from close to 120,000 listeners on Spotify and Apple Music.

Major Playlist Adds

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New Music Friday Canada and New Music Friday Cratediggers added “Horizon,” as did Apple Music’s The A-List: Dance and Global Dance. The track also showed up on Spotify’s user-curated Ultra Music Festival Miami playlist, which has over 65,000 followers.

AWAL Insights™: Just under half (44%) of all of “Horizon’s” Spotify streams came directly from playlists.


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