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Amazon Prime Music users stream “tens of millions of songs” in first week

By | Published on Tuesday 24 June 2014

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Hey, naysayers, Amazon Prime Music is doing just fine, thank you very much. So what if the biggest record label in the world hasn’t signed up to it, and there’s no new music on there at all. People like it. They’re holding ‘Amazon Prime Music is just great’ parties. And, according to a press release put out by Amazon yesterday, members of the company’s Prime scheme in the US streamed “tens of millions of songs” during its first week online. It was a long party.

“Prime members across the country have been rockin out this week”, said Amazon’s VP of Digital Music, Steve Boom. Yeah, he really said that. And he continued: “We’re humbled and thrilled to see just how enthusiastically customers have responded to this service. We’re looking forward to continuing to add new artists, albums and playlists so we can keep Prime members singing, dancing, driving, working out and rocking to their favourite music”.

Actually, I mocked Steve a little bit back there, but the most popular playlist on Amazon Prime Music last week was apparently ’50 Great Epic Classic Rock Songs’, while another collection of classic rock came in at three, followed by 80s rock songs at seven and 90s alternative songs at eight. So I guess its users have been rockin out after all.

When it came to single tracks, classic rock didn’t fair quite so well though, with just a couple of songs mooching around the low end of the top ten. Most popular was Pitbull and Kesha’s tour de force, ‘Timber’.

Here’s that top ten in full:

1. Pitbull featuring Ke$ha – Timber
2. John Legend – All Of Me
3. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky
4. Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
5. Sara Bareilles – Brave
6. Passenger – Let Her Go
7. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin
8. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
9. Bruno Mars – Treasure
10. Karmin – Brokenhearted