Of Monsters And Men First Icelandic Band With 1 Billion Spotify Plays - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Of Monsters And Men First Icelandic Band With 1 Billion Spotify Plays

There is just no stopping the Icelandic folk-revivalist sweethearts Of Monsters and Men who in a press release wrote that they had achieved the billion benchmark for plays on Spotify.

The band has 4.4 million monthly listeners on the streaming service, which leaves many notable Icelandic artists in the dust. We compiled a comparison:

Björk: 1.5 million

Ásgeir: 1.3 million

Sigur Rós: 909,000

Gísli Pálmi: 16,000

In fact, the only Icelandic act that edges out OMM for most monthly listeners are country gospel rockers Kaleo, who blare through the headphones and stereos of 4.6 million people.

But when it comes to individual songs, OMM rule them all. The 2011 hit song “Little Talks” currently has 292 million plays on Spotify, making it dead certain to be the first Icelandic song to break the 300 million mark. On Youtube as well the video for Little Talks has 225 million views. That’s a lot of Icelanders.

The band is currently working on their next album, so we’ll be sure to tell you when they break the 2 billion mark.

Dominating since debut

Since their debut album ‘My Head Is An Animal” reached sixth place on the Billboard Top 200 their rise and rise and rise has been meteoric. When the album came out we compared its debut charting position to some other notable acts and the results were quite interesting. Especially if you are an Oasis fan.


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