Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

Katy Perry photographed by Lauren Dukoff on April 17, 2014 at Sony Pictures in Culver City.
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Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more.

MID-YEAR SOUNDSCAN CHARTS 2014
'Frozen' & Pharrell Lead Overall
See The Mid-Year Charts: TOP ALBUMS | TOP DIGITAL SONGS
Country | Dance/Electronic | Latin | Rock

1.24 billion plays were accumulated by the top 10 most-streamed tracks in the U.S. in the first six months of 2014. Compared to last year's top 10 total at this time, that's a decrease of 7 percent (81 million), but that difference deserves as asterisk, as last year's mark was achieved thanks in part to Baauer's "Harlem Shake," which racked up an astronomical number of January-June 2013 streams (438 million in the U.S.) thanks to user-generated content from the YouTube dance craze that the song's epic bass drop inspired. That 438 million sum is 2.3 times the number of views that the more traditionally-viewed/played "Dark Horse" garnered in the first half of this year.

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"Dark Horse," like all the titles among the top 10 most-streamed of 2014 so far, benefited heavily from its official music video, which has drawn more than 400 million global views to date. The title, which was already a No. 1 across streaming services purely based on data from audio on-demand providers like Spotify and Muve Music, reclaimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's March 8 Streaming Songs chart upon the release of its Egyptian-themed video. With eight total weeks at No. 1, "Dark Horse" is the longest-leading Streaming Songs chart-topper of 2014.
 
With nearly 145 million U.S. plays, John Legend's piano ballad "All of Me" boasts the second-most streams on BDS' mid-year streaming chart, right above a track at the opposite end of the sonic (and lyrical) spectrum, Jason Derulo's cheeky "Talk Dirty," featuring 2 Chainz (142 million).

Those songs rank above Pharrell Williams' worldwide phenomenon "Happy," which reached No. 1 on Streaming Songs for four weeks in May and has tallied more than 135 million U.S. streams since January. "Happy," whose online streaming activity was jump-started by its unique 24-hour music video, benefits from a high volume of user-generated plays from fans all over the globe making their own dance videos to the song.
 
Rounding out the top-five most-streamed songs so far this year, Idina Menzel's "Let It Go" has totaled 129 million streams. "Go" reached No. 2 on Streaming Songs, powered by the popularity of its parent album, Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack, the top-selling album of the first half of 2014.

Mid-Year 2014
MOST-STREAMED SONGS, according to Nielsen BDS, Year To Date
 ArtistTitleStreams
1Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J"Dark Horse"188,236,000
2John Legend"All Of Me"144,669,000
3Jason Derulo Feat. 2 Chainz"Talk Dirty"142,478,000
4Pharrell"Happy"135,197,000
5Idina Menzel"Let It Go"129,128,000
6Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX"Fancy"111,911,000
7Pitbull Feat. Ke$ha"Timber"106,081,000
8DJ Snake & Lil Jon"Turn Down For What"102,340,000
9Beyonce Feat. Jay Z"Drunk In Love"92,694,000
10OneRepublic"Counting Stars"91,494,000
11A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera"Say Something"86,581,000
12Miley Cyrus"Wrecking Ball"83,736,000
13Ariana Grande Feat. Iggy Azalea"Problem"82,694,000
14Passenger"Let Her Go"82,672,000
15Bastille"Pompeii"80,755,000
16Lorde"Royals"79,720,000
17Eminem Feat. Rihanna"The Monster"72,762,000
18PSY"Gangnam Style"72,706,000
19Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne & French Montana OR Too $hort"Loyal"70,537,000
20YG Feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan"My Hitta"69,137,000

MID-YEAR SOUNDSCAN CHARTS 2014
'Frozen' & Pharrell Lead Overall
See The Mid-Year Charts: TOP ALBUMS | TOP DIGITAL SONGS
Country | Dance/Electronic | Latin | Rock