What Are the Top 10 Most "Spotified" Songs in Phoenix?
You have to look pretty hard for someone who doesn't have an opinion about Spotify, the Swedish music-streaming service that launched in 2008 and hit the States in 2011. It's hard to deny its ease, selection, and um, free-ness, but it's also been a magnet for controversy.
Carly Rae Jepsen, coming in at number two on Spotify's "Phoenix Top 10 in May 2012"
In both the controversial NPR blog by Emily White about "never owning any music" and Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven frontman David Lowery's gone-viral response letter, Spotify is called out for not adequately paying artists. White hopes that future Spotify-like services pay artists a higher percentage than current models, and Lowery attacks more pointedly, saying:
The Internet is full of stories from artists detailing just how little they receive from Spotify. I shan't repeat them here. They are epic. Spotify does not exist in a vacuum. The reason they can get away with paying so little to artists is because the alternative is The Net where people have already purchased all the gear they need to loot those songs for free. Now while something like Spotify may be a solution for how to compensate artists fairly in the future, it is not a fair system now. As long as the consumer makes the unethical choice to support the looters, Spotify will not have to compensate artists fairly. There is simply no market pressure. Yet Spotify's CEO is the 10th richest man in the UK music industry ahead of all but one artist on his service.
But the fact remains: A lot of people are using Spotify. According to a Spotify rep, the service boasts 10 million active users globally and over 3 million paid subscribers. So what are people using the site to listen to exactly?
Nicki Minaj in the "Starships" video
For the month of May, Spotify looked at the Top 10 of 18 major American cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Seattle, Washington, and Phoenix.
So how does Phoenix stack up against the rest of the country?
Here's our top 10:
1. "Somebody that I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra
2. "Call Me Maybe," Carly Rae Jepsen
3. " We Are Young," Fun, featuring Janelle Monae
4. "Payphone," by Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa
5. "What Makes You Beautiful," by One Direction
6. "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber
7. "Wild Ones," Flo Rida featuring Sia
8. "Glad You Came," The Wanted
9. "Starships," Nicki Minaj
10. "Feel So Close," Calvin Harris