As you may have heard, Swedish House Mafia got back together at Ultra Music Festival 2018 in Miami.
The influential big-room house act was a super-group when it started in 2010. Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello came together on the Ultra stage that year to debut a brand-new style of festival performance, once that celebrated maximalist aesthetics and hook-laden melodies, one that boomed with well-timed bass blasts and synchronized pyrotechnics.
In a sense, Swedish House Mafia helped usher dance music into the mainstream with their radio hits and unprecedented arena tours — but the trio disbanded in 2013 with another closing performance at Ultra Miami’s main stage. Angello went on to pursue his own solo project, swapping out mainstream upshots for deeper, darker and more cinematic styles of house. Axwell & Ingrosso have become chart regulars with bright, pop-fueled dance jams.
But are either of those entities actually greater than the sum of SHM’s parts? Billboard Dance breaks it down.
On his own, Angello commands an audience of 2+ million Facebook fans, nearly 1.4 million Twitter followers, 1.2 million Instagram followers and 130+ thousand YouTube subscribers. His earliest works date back to 2003, which is the year he launched Size Records. Since then, his biggest releases as Steve Angello have been “Wasted Love” featuring Dougy (2014), “Children Of The Wild” featuring Mako (2015) and “Payback,” (2015) a collaboration with Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman; the latter has become his biggest streamer, raking in nearly 30 million Spotify streams. Angello’s Wild Youth album peaked at No. 4 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Albums in February 2016.
In Axwell & Ingrosso’s case, two is better than one, if we’re strictly going by the numbers. The duo has 3.2+ million Facebook fans* and collective Twitter followers, approximately 450 thousand Instagram followers** and 970+ thousand subscribers on their YouTube VEVO channel. They’ve become chart regulars on Billboard, with 8 visits to the Dance Club Songs chart since 2015; two of the records — “Something New” and “I Love You” featuring Kid Ink — peaked at No. 1. Axwell & Ingrosso have done more than fine on the streaming front as well, collecting 430+ million Spotify streams for “More Than You Know,” and nearly 175 million for “Sun Is Shining”.
While streaming wasn’t as prevalent during Swedish House Mafia’s inception, they still hold down some very impressive stats. Their euphoric anthem and standout single, “Don’t You Worry Child” featuring John Martin, is closing in on 340 million Spotify streams, and half a billion YouTube views. Other dance hits like “Greyhound,” “One,” “Miami 2 Ibiza” and “Save The World” all huddle around the 200 million mark, inclusive of streams and views.
Chart-wise, “Don’t Your Worry Child” made a triumphant rise all the way to No. 6 on the Hot 100 in February 2013. The supergroup also earned three No. 1s on Dance Club Songs. Some of the group’s most eye-popping stats revolve around their touring history: Their One Last Tour in 2012 spanned 52 dates, and had the group perform for over one million fans overall around the globe. The U.S. leg of the tour sold out within in minutes and had multiple dates added to appease the high demand.
Swedish House Mafia ended up selling out five shows at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (43,858 total tickets sold), three at Barclays Center (42,645 total tickets sold), a stop at the legendary Madison Square Garden (14,076 tickets sold) and back-to-back performances at Historic Park in Los Angeles, where total attendance across the two days was approximately 70,000 people.
*Axwell and Ingrosso merged their respective Facebook fan pages in May 2014
**Axwell and Ingrosso’s individual Instagram accounts have1.5 million and 1.1 million followers, respectively.
Note: All statistics above have been recorded and published as of Mar. 27, 2018.