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The singer Dua Lipa performing.
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Do albums still matter in the music industry?
WHAT'S POPPIN

How music streaming and TikTok are fueling the rise of the Track 1 hit

Dan Kopf
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On the week ending April 2, 2020, the pop singer and songwriter Dua Lipa had three songs among the US’s top 40 most streamed on Spotify. They were Tracks 2 (“Don’t Start Now”), 4 (“Physical”), and 9 (“Break My Heart”) from her recently released album Future Nostalgia. Track 1 of her album couldn’t even crack the top 100. But Dua Lipa is an anomaly.

In 2020, nearly 50% of the top 40 Spotify hits in the US were the first track on a release, according to an analysis conducted by Quartz. Among these Track 1 hits are Lil Mosey’s “Blueberry Faygo,” Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin,” and Arizona Zervas’s “Roxanne.”

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