5 Seconds of Summer are the latest act to achieve the monumental task of reaching a billion streams, with their 2018 single “Youngblood” scoring them the impressive honour.
April of 2018 saw Sydney’s 5 Seconds of Summer release “Youngblood”, the second single from their third album of the same name. While the group likely had no idea of just how successful it would be, it took no time at all for the single to top charts around the world (including the US and Canada), spending eight weeks atop the ARIA chart, and eventually winning the ARIA for Song of the Year.
Now, just days after announcing their homecoming tour of the country, the pop-rock outfit have celebrated another massive achievement, with the single being recognised for reaching a billion streams, and becoming the latest addition to APRA AMCOS’ The 1,000,000,000 List.
The list, which launched in July of 2019, takes into account streaming numbers from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Vevo, Amazon, and Google Play, and serves as a way to recognise the massive success that Australian artists have had with their music.
While artists such as Nat Dunn, Dean Lewis, Troye Sivan and Alex Hope, Flume, and Cookin’ on 3 Burners have all achieved the impressive honour, the last addition to the list came only earlier this month when Tones And I reached a billion streams for “Dance Monkey“.
“We’ve always taken risks and not really understood the seriousness that surrounds songs, they just explain our lives from our perspective, and we keep it close to our hearts and we keep hustling,” Ashton Irwin explained in an acceptance speech to APRA AMCOS staff, band management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Australia and guests from the band’s label EMI.
“We really respect this award and everyone who works on these songs and getting them heard.”
“The billions list is a way to globally acknowledge songwriters who achieve this streaming milestone. This award is a way to shout to the world just how fantastic Australian songwriters are,” added Chief Executive Dean Ormston.
5 Seconds of Summer recently performed at the Fire Fight Australia benefit concert in Sydney on Sunday evening before announcing the local leg of their No Shame 2020 Tour the next day.
5 Seconds of Summer No Shame 2020 Australian Tour
Friday, November 27th
HOTA, Home of The Arts, Gold Coast, QLD (All Ages)
Saturday, November 28th
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
Monday, November 30th
HBF Stadium, Perth, WA (All Ages)
Wednesday, December 2nd
Bar on The Hill, Newcastle, NSW (All Ages)
Friday, December 4th
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
Saturday, December 5th
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
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