Viral Videos Cause 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Hypnotize' To Debut on Streaming Songs
Two classic tracks (from two very different genres) experience a resurgence in popularity due to their inclusion in two popular videos on YouTube which soared in popularity during the charting week (ending March 15).
First up, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" debuts at No. 12 on the Streaming Songs chart dated March 28, following a 261 percent increase in weekly streams. The surge is owed to a reworking of the track in a video by Australian comedy trio SketchShe (who have more than 48,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel). In the clip, the group lip-syncs to a sped-up version of the track in their car (appropriately titled "Bohemian Carsody") in an elaborately choreographed single-take video.
The video was posted on March 4, but received a boost in traction after BuzzFeed wrote an article about the clip on March 8. That story has been viewed more than 700,000 times. By the close of the chart week, "Bohemian Rhapsody" scored 5.2 million streams, with likely 92 percent of those plays owed to the SketchShe clip.
Down at No. 36 on Streaming Songs, The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize" bows on the list thanks to a hilarious Reddit post by user animalrobot. The track (released in 1997) was synched to a video he created where the character Earl Sinclair from the 1994 ABC television series The Dinosaurs appears to rap.
The track debuts after garnering more than 4 million plays in the U.S. for the week, up more than 633 percent from the previous week.
In non-viral video debuts for the week, Ciara's triumphant post-Future breakup anthem "I Bet" debuts at No. 28 following its official music video debut on March 9. The video helps the track accumulate just over 4.4 million U.S. views for the week, up 219 percent.
Finally, Zedd and Selena Gomez's track "I Want You To Know," which was released in February, comes in at No. 38 following its music video debut on March 10. The debut allows the track to gain 65 percent in streams, coming in at a grand total of just over 4 million for the week.