MUSIC ARTISTS: TOP LIST APRIL 2017


April showers some fresh new faces with top spots, while longtime chart-toppers hold fast to their places. Who among them can weather the storm into May?

Except for the throne, the top-five crew sported all the same faces as in March. Kendrick Lamar managed to conquer the throne this month with “Damn,” his latest album, and pushed all other top music artists down the ranks.


FRESH FACES IN THIS MONTH’S TOP 50

There are several noteworthy new entries on the top 50 charts for April 2017.

Lacrim

The French rapper Lacrim, for example, who hadn’t yet been seen among the top 100 this year, seemed to appear out of nowhere at spot 16, snuggled between the world’s most popular music artists in April. He snagged this attractive spot after releasing his latest album, “Force & Honneur,” on March 31, 2017, which drew the attention of 36,900 P2P users to Lacrim’s music just one day later. Lacrim’s most active fan base lives, unsurprisingly, in his home country of France, followed by the Algeria, Morocco, Belgium and Tunisia, all places where you’re likely to hear some of his native tongue.

Gorillaz

This month, the top 50 saw another newcomer – or, well, at least someone the chart hadn’t seen in years: Gorillaz, who resurfaced with a new album on April 28, 2017. Riding the success of this release, the band known for its cartoon members became more and more popular, peaking with 55,400 file sharers on the day of release. But P2P activity had already begun to pick up roughly a month before the studio album release. Five new singles were released to promote the album before it dropped – ultimately proving to be a successful tactic, since Gorillaz were sitting pretty at spot 14 this month.

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, who has been scratching at the door to the top 50 music artists worldwide for the last three months, finally found his way in by releasing his new studio album “Triplicate” on March 31, 2017, which took him to 39 on the charts this month.

Jamiroquai

The British funk and acid jazz band Jamiroquai squeaked onto the worldwide chart ranking this month at spot 49. They have “Automaton”,  their eighth album, to thank for that. It was released on March 31, 2017.

NEW DEEP PURPLE ALBUM GIVES AGING ROCKSTARS ANOTHER TASTE OF FAME

The English rock band Deep Purple has appeared on the scene again with a new album: “Infinite” hit the shelves on April 7, 2017. This kicked P2P user numbers to 63,101 on the day of release and ensured Deep Purple the seventh spot among worldwide top music artists in April, giving them a total of 529,750 file sharers for the month. It should come as no surprise that amid this nostalgic resurgence Deep Purple’s fan base has also been sharing other English-language rock music since the beginning of 2016, when we started tracking their tastes. According to these same fan base statistics, almost every third Deep Purple fan in Russia, for example, has also shared music from Pink Floyd or the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 


The rankings are based on the number of unique file sharers: How many peers shared at least one file of the respective music artist in April 2017?

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