Top 10 Tracks From The Spotify Global Viral 50

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I was going to do the Billboard Global 200 every week, but it hasn’t changed much since last week, and I want to give you guys some new music to discover.

The Spotify Viral 50 is full of music I’ve never heard, so let’s do it!

1. Issam Alnajjar – Hadal Ahbek اغنية ” حضل أحبك

The number one viral song in the world on Spotify comes all the way from Amman, Jordan. This is an eclectic top 10, for sure. Hadal Ahbek is all over the place, thanks to TikTok.

Number one on Spotify and Shazam, and currently has over 23 million views since the song was uploaded to YouTube last September. You may not understand what he is singing, but Hadal Ahbek in Arabic directly translates to “I Love You.”

Watch out. This song will get stuck in your head.

Put your head on the pillow
No one can be compared to you in my heart
White is the color of your heart
There is no one like you
Oh how I love your response
I will always be with you
Even if everyone is against you
I’ll keep loving you

2. Ez Mil Panalo (Trap Cariñosa)

The number two song comes to us from the Philippines. The young Filo-American rapper went viral after performing Panalo on Wish USA Bus, with over 16 million views on YouTube since it premiered just three days ago.

After watching this video for the first time…my head nearly exploded. The energy and passion this kid brings is insane. There’s a good reason this song went viral. Watch this video. Crank your headphones up. You won’t regret it.

Ever since bata ako I’ve been kinda
Discriminated in my own home country
Sure, some would be like:
“LuH AmPuTi pUTi mO . tiSoY”
I ain’t tisoy
I’M PINOY

3. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License

Surprised this song made the list? Absolutely not. Olivia Rodrigo has held the number one spot on the major Billboard charts since it premiered three weeks ago. We talked about this one last week, so here it is.

And I know we weren’t perfect but I’ve never felt this way for no one
And I just can’t imagine how you could be so okay now that I’m gone
Guess you didn’t mean what you wrote in that song about me
‘Cause you said forever, now I drive alone past your street

4. SOPHIE – It’s Okay To Cry

Glasgow born trans rights activist, SOPHIE comes in at number four after the tragic news of her death. According to CNN, the 34-year-old Grammy nominee passed in a “terrible accident” at her home in Athens, Greece on Saturday.

SOPHIE’s debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

RIP SOPHIE

I hope you don’t take this the wrong way
But I think your inside is your best side

5. JESSIA – I’m Not Pretty

With another TikTok hit on the charts, Vancouver pop singer JESSIA released the body-positive song I’m Not Pretty, which was written in just 72 hours.

I’ve said this before on this blog and I’ll say it again. If you are an artist, consistently POST CONTENT! You never know what is going to blow up. Especially on TikTok.

I know that I should love myself
But it’s getting kinda hard
When you’re constantly feeling like garbage
Know I shouldn’t hurt myself
But I can’t find way to lose weight
Without literally starvin’

6. Yung Baby Tate, Slade Da Monsta – I Am (ft. Flo Milli) 

Tate Sequoya Farris (Yung Baby Tate), the Georgia-born 24-year-old hits number six on the Viral 50 with I Am, along with Flo Milli. Tate won a Grammy in 2020 as a songwriter for Dreamville’s Revenge of the Dreamers III. I Am is a female-empowering anthem, and these two female rappers absolutely kill it together.

I am healthy, I am wealthy, I am rich, I am that bitch (yeah)
I am gonna go get that bag and I am not gonna take your shit (uh)
I am protected, well respected, I’m a queen, I’m a dream (yeah)
I do what I wanna do and I’m who I wanna be
‘Cause I am me

7. SOPHIE – Immaterial

This is SOPHIE’s second song in the top 10 this week. Sam Smith took to Twitter on Saturday to pay tribute to the star after she passed. Here’s what he had to say:

“Heartbreaking news. The world has lost an angel. A true visionary and icon of our generation. Your light will continue to inspire so many for generations to come. Thinking of Sophie’s family and friends at this hard time” pic.twitter.com/7qr4aI0DDi— samsmith (@samsmith) January 30, 2021

Here is the 2018 hit, Immaterial.

You could be me and I could be you
Always the same and never the same
Day by day, life after life

8.Teto, Matuê – M4 

It took me a bit to find any information about Teto, the Brazilian rapper. After reaching 1 million followers on Instagram and nearly 8 million views on YouTube for M4, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing about him a lot more.

Last year, you know, I disappeared, but, yeah
I came back, but, I’m on top, yeah
I’m doing it for my brothers
Betrayed me, it hurt my heart

9. Masked Wolf – Astronaut in the Ocean

The number nine viral hit comes all the way from Sydney, Australia. With the hip-hop scene growing by the day in Sydney, Masked Wolf is likely going to be a name we hear a lot in the US.

Astronaut in the Ocean was released last year. The official audio video on YouTube has reached 20 million views, and he just dropped the official music video in November, which has nearly 9 million views. Masked Wolf posted this intro on his YouTube:

I have a lot of people ask me “what made you write Astro … what is it about?” The art of music is that it means one thing to me but so many other things to other people… for me it was about knowing i was on a journey like an astronaut but I wasn’t where I wanted to be… I wanted to be in space… I wanted to do what astronauts do.. me saying im in the ocean means i felt I was somwhere I didn’t belong.. but I knew I was close to finding myself as an artist and getting the recognition I wanted from people about my music.. also “whatchu know about rolling down in the deep actually meant what do you know about being down in life and depressed.. i was kind of saying.. have you been similar to me and my down time.. have you been in the rough and the trenches.. some people also say why is the video not in the ocean.. well because I have found my spot in the world.. i know who I am with my music now.. so i’m not in the ocean.. i’m now in space.. where I belong… 2021 gonna be even bigger 🙂 peace

She say that I’m cool (Damn straight)
I’m like “Yeah, that’s true” (That’s true)
I believe in G-O-D (Ayy)
Don’t believe in T-H-O-T

10. Jeff Costa, Mc DannyXerecard

Xerecard is the second Brazilian hit in the top 10 this week. Released in November of 2020, Xerecard has been going viral on TikTok with fans dancing to the tune. There is no Portuguese to English translation of the word Xerecard, and I’m quite positive Google translate botched the translation of the lyrics, so we can try to figure out its meaning together by listening to the song.

The viral top 10 is pretty diverse, eh? These are some songs I would have never listened to on my own. I really actually enjoyed some of them.

Which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!

#Freebritney: How Britney Spears Lost Her Freedom To Her Own Father

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2007 was a rough year for Britney Spears. She went through a lot of sh**. A messy divorce, an intense custody battle, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues that put the superstar in an involuntary psychiatric ward, and several visits to rehab. Her infamous head-shaving incident and her assault on a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella were big news stories and often the butt of jokes by the media.

Britney’s loyal fans had some words for the media and for the people laughing with them.

Remember Chris Crocker? Chris was the epitome of Britney Spears fandom. He is best known for filming himself under a sheet and pleading for everyone to “Leave Britney Alone.” I mean, it was a bit much…but he was absolutely right. The media was relentless.

Leave Britney ALONE!

February 1, 2008

That brings us to the day Britney lost her freedom. On February 1, 2008, Britney Spears was placed under a conservatorship controlled by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet.

A conservatorship is designed to protect someone that cannot take care of themselves or their finances and is typically used for the elderly and the very ill.

As you could imagine, Britney did not take kindly to this. She compared the conservatorship to imprisonment.

Just six months after being told she is legally too unstable to control her finances, she was in the studio recording Circus, her 6th studio album. In 2009, she went back on tour. This means that her father didn’t think she was stable enough to drive a car or pay her own bills, but she was stable enough to go on an eight-month world tour.

Questions have arisen about her father’s motives behind the conservatorship. Britney accepted the terms, but she did not want Jamie Spears to have the control. She has spent the last 13 years in-and-out of court, attempting to change the details of the conservatorship. There is clearly a reason she doesn’t want her father in control.

Britney, again, attempted to have the terms lifted in 2019. Her lawyer told the court that Britney was afraid of her father. She vowed she will not perform again until her father is no longer in control. The court ruled that the terms of the conservatorship were to continue through…today. February 1, 2021. As of this moment, there is no news on this coming to an end.

Yes, Britney Spears had her share of problems. She lost it. Most of us have at one point or another. The only difference is, we don’t have the media watching our every move. I could imagine it would be incredibly difficult to recover from mental illness when the world is constantly in your business. Each time she checked into rehab, it became news. Famous or not…that doesn’t seem fair.

For a more in-depth look at what really went on for the last 13 years, watch Framing Britney Spears, a documentary by The New York Times Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 p.m. on FX and also streaming on Hulu.

Chris Crocker was way ahead of his time. He was absolutely right to say…”Leave Britney ALONE!” Personally, I find the whole thing fishy and I honestly feel for Britney. Mental illness is serious, and she has been put under an incredibly public microscope during every attempt at recovery. I hope she gets what she wants and I wish the “Princess of Pop” nothing but the best.

What do you think about this situation? Let me know in the comments! Let’s talk about it.