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New Around the World: Luude & Colin Hay Take Global Charts ‘Down Under’ With ’80s Revamp

The update of the Men At Work classic debuts on the Global Excl. U.S. chart.

GAYLE, The Weeknd and several Encanto cast members continue to rule over the Jan. 29-dated global charts, but a variety of international acts make debuts further down on both rankings.

All the way from Australia, electronic artist and producer Luude arrives on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 125 with “Down Under,” featuring Colin Hay. The song is an update on Men at Work’s classic early 1980s hit of the same name, with Hay, the band’s lead singer, credited in a featured role. Its chart bow is backed by 6.5 million streams and 1,200 downloads sold outside the States in the week ending Jan. 20, according to MRC Data.

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It’s not the first time that a classic ‘70s or ‘80s track has found its way onto the global charts by way of a producer’s remix. The U.K.’s Majestic spent 28 weeks on Global Excl. U.S. (and 18 on the Billboard Global 200) with his take on Boney M.’s “Rasputin” after renewed interest in the original via a TikTok dance challenge.

Similarly, Kygo scored a pair of Global Excl. U.S. hits in fall 2020 with updates on Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” and Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff,” both crediting the original artists in co-lead roles. They peaked at Nos. 109 and 111, respectively.

Just below Luude’s new-old debut, Nigar Muharrem and Mustafa Ceceli arrive at No. 130 with “Salincak.” The former hails from Azerbaijan, becoming the first act from the country to hit the global charts. The track is sung in Turkish and is the only Turkish-language song on this week’s charts.

The debut of “Salincak” is fueled by 14.6 million streams outside the U.S., making up more than 99% of its global total of 14.7 million.

Stromae’s “L’enfer” debuts on the Global 200 at No. 109, while blasting 111-56 in its second week on Global Excl. U.S. Its his second entry on both lists, already outperforming “Sante,” which topped out at Nos. 143 and 76, respectively.

Other global debuts include tracks from Frank Ocean, Chefin and Hugo and Ghuilherme.