New Around the World: Lady Gaga, Doja Cat & Musical Youth Add Soundtrack Hits to Global Charts
The Billboard Global 200 dated June 18, 2022, is dominated by a song from 1985, as Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” continues to reap the benefits of its exposure on Netflix’s Stranger Things. But “Hill” isn’t the only classic song surging due to TV and film and isn’t even the only song scoring a revival thanks to that particular series.
Musical Youth’s “Pass the Dutchie,” also featured as a character motif in the fourth season of Stranger Things, debuts at No. 120 on the Global 200 and No. 196 on Billboard Global Excl. U.S. The song drew 11.8 million streams and sold 2,100 downloads worldwide in the week ending June 9, according to Luminate. Week-to-week, those figures represent increases of 171% in streams and 105% in sales, following gains of over 1,000% in each metric a week earlier.
Like “Hill,” “Dutchie” is a 1980s nugget, deployed to further set the tone of the series set in that decade. It marked the British-Jamaican group’s first entry on the U.S.-based Billboard Hot 100, climbing to No. 10 for two weeks in February 1983.
Joining the pair of throwback tracks, Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone,” originally included on the 1986 soundtrack to Top Gun, charges from No. 151 to No. 130 on this week’s Global 200. Its recent resurgence is spurred by the release of Top Gun: Maverick, the 36-years-later sequel to the breakout Tom Cruise hit.
Maverick has enjoyed commercial and critical success since its May 27 premiere, spurring its own soundtrack’s songs onto the global charts. Lady Gaga’s “Hold My Hand” continues to rise, pushing eight spots to No. 41 on the Global 200 after dropping out of the chart’s top half last month. It’s up 9% to 15.9 million weekly streams.
“Hand” joins Gaga’s earlier soundtrack smash on the global charts, as her Academy Award-winning Bradley Cooper duet “Shallow,” from 2018’s A Star is Born, spends its 92nd week on each survey (dating back to the lists’ launch in September 2020).
The Top Gun franchise extends its global reach with another Maverick title. OneRepublic’s “I Ain’t Worried” debuts at No. 86 on the Global 200 and No. 101 on the Global Excl. U.S. tally.
Expected to challenge Maverick at the box office when it opens on June 24, the Baz Luhrman-directed Elvis also impacts the global charts. Doja Cat re-enters the Global 200 at No. 82 and debuts on Global Excl. U.S. at No. 160 with “Vegas.” She leads an all-star soundtrack lineup, featuring remixes (Tame Impala) and covers (Kacey Musgraves) of the titular rock star’s greatest hits, as well as some original songs, including Doja’s charting send-up to sin city.
New Around the World: Lady Gaga, Doja Cat & Musical Youth Add Soundtrack Hits to Global Charts The Billboard Global 200 dated June 18, 2022, is dominated by a song from 1985, as Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” continues to reap the benefits of its exposure on Netflix’s Stranger Things. But…