Stream dream for Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit

John Murray takes a look back at the biggest songs of 2014

What was your favourite song of 2014 then?

Happy by Pharrell Williams may have been the best global seller of the year thanks to his hard work and the movie tie-in and Let It Go from the film Frozen may have been the most requested song of the year, but the most heard?

Well the Official Charts Company now take into consideration views from YouTube and streams from the likes of Spotify, Google Play and Deezer which allow listeners to hear legally without purchase, and the most streamed was quite different.

With 39.7 million plays in 2014 the title goes to Clean Bandit and their dance hit Rather Be which featured vocals from Jess Glynne.

Reports say that in February last year 1.8 million plays of the song were heard in just seven days.

So not all artists time their record releases to hit the big December sales boom.

Traditionally there is kudos in being the chart topper at this time, if only to get a sales boost on rewind programmes and compilations, but apart from the X-Factor and charity single releases and re-issued old Festive hits and note, it’s much easier now for the download generation, as previously shops were flooded with back catalogue at this time.

Now the songs can be bought as a single track download – no ‘b’ side, no packaging, no distribution and virtually no expense.

So plenty merit in releasing material in January as sales plummet and good chart entries can occur with a reduced sales tally.

Also a good time for new artists and those who utilise off-peak pressing plants and maybe have a tour to sell as well.

With a new live show and a new compilation album Cerrone releases The Best Of Cerrone Productions (Because) this week as a double CD.

Marc Cerrone left his native France to wider acclaim in the US after a smash disco hit called Supernature.

His hip covers of House Of The Rising Sun with Revelacion and Why Can’t We Live Together with Kongas are refreshing but the drum pyrotechnics on 1982 are beyond belief.