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New Around the World: Demi Lovato’s ‘Cool for the Summer’ Reheats on Global Charts

The 2015 hit returns thanks to its TikTok resurgence.

Glass Animals, GAYLE and Anitta infuse the upper reaches of the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated April 2) with songs from 2020, ’21 and ’22, respectively. But elsewhere on the global tallies, a hit from the mid-2010s roars back.

Demi Lovato debuts in the top half of both global charts with 2015’s “Cool for the Summer,” at No. 66 on the Global Excl. U.S. list and at No. 93 on the Global 200. The song, from 2015, earned 13.4 million official streams and sold 950 downloads worldwide in the week ending March 24, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. Those figures represent increases of 224% and 573%, respectively, week-over-week.

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“Cool” is resurging as a sped-up, pitched-up remix of it has gone viral, soundtracking numerous dance videos on TikTok. The renewed activity has also inspired an official “Sped Up Remix,” currently available for pre-save/pre-add, as well as a re-servicing of the song to radio.

Global streams for “Cool” have ballooned over the last month, rising weekly by 25%, 32%, 82% and now 224%. The gains for the track by the U.S.-based Lovato haven’t been the same in every pocket of the world, though; U.S. streams have increased by 17% and 111% the last two weeks, while non-U.S. streams have jumped by 95% and 261%. While “Cool” derived 38% of its worldwide streams from the U.S. in the week ending March 3, that share has shrunk to 16% in the current tracking week. While the song and Lovato’s catalog as a whole usually splits more toward the U.S., the TikTok virality has expanded the song’s reach to a wider global audience.

“Cool” also debuts at No. 23 on the LyricFind Global chart, indicating curiosity around the single. Following its original release, it debuted on the July 18, 2015-dated Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36, ultimately rising to No. 11 that September. It also hit No. 3 on Pop Airplay.

“Cool” is Lovato’s fifth song to crack both global charts (dating to their 2020 launch). It follows “OK Not to Be OK” with Marshmello; “What Other People Say” with Sam Fischer; “Dancing With the Devil”; and “Met Him Last Night,” featuring Ariana Grande.

Also representing the 2010s, Pharrell Williams’ “Just a Cloud Away,” from 2013’s Despicable Me 2 soundtrack (which also includes his 2014 10-week Hot 100 No. 1 “Happy”), debuts at No. 163 on the Global 200, likewise boosted by TikTok, while Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” which topped the Hot 100 in 2016, enters the Global Excl. U.S. at No. 190.