In an intense showdown last night, four acts qualified to the final of Destination Eurovision. Just as Bilal Hassani won over both juries and televoters, he’s also winning over mainstream listeners, as we can see from streaming and download figures.
The four acts to perform again on January 26 are Bilal Hassani, Chimène Badi, Silvan Arèg and Aysat. With most of the songs available on the biggest music platforms, some tracks climbed up the sales and streaming lists.
On iTunes, Bilal Hassani‘s “Roi” takes the lead at number nine. The track had peaked at number two following its release. Chimène Badi comes up close behind in thirteenth position. Fifth place duo Lautner join the top 50 at number 48 despite being eliminated last night. Another non-qualifier making the cut is Battista Acquaviva. While the juries didn’t feel the moment, the public seems to do so with her song sitting at number 78.
Taking a closer look at the current figures on Spotify, “Roi” enjoys a comfortable lead on the platform. The track currently is the selection’s only entry to enter the French Spotify charts. It debuted at number 103 on January 4 due to its release and hasn’t left the top 200 ever since. The song has already accumulated a total of more than 500,000 streams. Fantastique!
None of the other acts have so far achieved similar success on the biggest streaming platform. Florina‘s “In The Shadow” received about 40,000 plays and Naestro‘s “Le brasier” stands at 30,000 plays. Besides, “La-hàut” from Chimène Badi is at 50,000 streams. Other acts such as Aysat, Lautner or Mazy have received far less streams. Moreover, the songs from Silvan Arèg and Battista Acquaviva are nowhere to be found yet — but we’re hoping to get them as soon as possible to hit the play button!
So what does all this chart action tell us? It’s important to remember that iTunes has lost some of its popularity over the past year. As in many other countries, streaming has taken over as the dominant form of consuming music in France.
There is at least an indication of what songs made an immediate connection with some listeners. It shows us what songs inspired listeners enough last night for them to track down the song online and download it.
What do you think? Do iTunes charts and Spotify streams indicate who might represent France at Eurovision? Share your thoughts below!