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Vevo hits 1bn weekend daily views

December 15, 2020

Premium music video service Vevo has reached weekend daily highs of one billion global views, a record milestone, according to its annual year-end lookback.

This year, Vevo has been hyper-focused on its distribution strategy and expansion into the home via an array of OTT partners, including Samsung TV Plus, VIZIO and Netrange. Through these partnerships, Vevo is not only bringing music videos back to home television screens, but also greatly increasing its scale and reach.

As a result, UK viewership via connected television is up 24 per cent from January through November 2020 vs. the same period in 2019.

Notably, Samsung TV Plus and Pluto TV have together contributed on average nearly ten million average daily views, including nearly two million daily views of the Vevo Holiday Channel, which launched in November.

“In a year when the world grappled with a global pandemic and demanded social justice for all, music was a unifier. There’s no doubt, it’s a key part of our lives,” said Alan Price, Chief Executive Officer, Vevo. “On the business front, we saw our audience grow as people watched more music videos than ever before. In part, that’s due to our expansion into the living room, which brought new levels of engagement across our platform. These year-end trends exemplify the power and depth of our catalogue, and show how, at scale, we deliver culturally relevant content that reveals true artistic creativity. Vevo is poised for a successful 2021, and we look forward to continuing to add value to our partners.”

The music videos that kept the UK going

Vevo has seen significant spikes in viewership around global events:

  • The moment the UK left the EU saw Europe’s The Final Countdown jump by over 161 per cent to 17.8K views on January 31st – showing how music was there to help console and celebrate the momentous date in the country’s history.
  • R.E.M. ‘s It’s the End of the World video saw a 2,719 per cent lift in views after Covid-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March. As we all got used to social distancing, The Police Don’t Stand So Close To Me lifted moods with a 1070 per cent rise in views.
  • During the global social justice movements across June, Childish Gambino’s This is America saw a +225 per cent increase in monthly views, and The Black Eyed Peas’ Where Is The Love? saw a 351 per cent lift in views. These moments highlight the role music videos play for people during pivotal societal moments, as they turn to music to soundtrack their lives.
  • Future and Drake’s Life is Good is the most viewed Vevo video of 2020, with over 58.3 million views in the UK and 1.3B views globally with viewers loving this 5.35-minute long look at the world’s top rappers living more ‘ordinary’ lives. The video maintained the top spot throughout the year, beating the second and third spot by both versions of Blinding Lights by The Weeknd which held 30.4 million views combined.
  • British artists also did well, with Little Mix securing the overall most watched artists spot – securing over 90.3 million views, with Sweet Melody coming in as the group’s top song with over 5.4 million views. Coming in second and third place were Ariana Grande with over 88.5 million views and Billie Eilish with over 86.8 million watches.

UK Top Videos 

Rank Artist & Title Genre YouTube Publish Date UK Views (12/1/19-12/1/20)
1 Future – Life Is Good (Official Music Video) ft. Drake Rap/Hip-Hop 2020-01-09 58.3
2 Idina Menzel, AURORA – Into the Unknown (From “Frozen 2”) Soundtrack/Score 2019-12-04 16.5 million
3 The Weeknd – Blinding Lights (Official Music Video) R&B 2020-01-21 15.7 million
4 Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande – Rain On Me (Official Music Video) Pop 2020-05-22 13.9 million
5 Drake – Toosie Slide (Official Music Video) Rap/Hip-Hop 2020-04-02 13.2 million
6 Justin Bieber – Yummy (Official Video) Pop 2020-01-04 12.9 million
7 Doja Cat – Say So (Official Video) R&B 2020-02-27 11.5 million
8 Idina Menzel, Evan Rachel Wood – Show Yourself (From “Frozen 2″/ Sing-Along) Soundtrack/Score 2020-03-27 10.8 million
9 Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go (Official Video) Pop 2020-01-24 10.4 million
10 Justin Bieber – Intentions (Official Video (Short Version)) ft. Quavo Pop 2020-02-12 9.6 million

UK Top Artists

Rank Artist UK Views (12/1/19-12/1/20)
1 Little Mix 90.3 million
2 Ariana Grande 88.5 million
3 Billie Eilish 86.8 million
4 Eminem 85 .1 million
5 Lewis Capaldi 81.8 million
6 The Weeknd 80.7 million
7 Lady Gaga 80.6 million
8 Taylor Swift 76.2 million
9 Future 75.8 million
10 Chris Brown 73.2 million

UK Top Genres

Rank Genre UK Views (12/1/19-12/1/20)
1 Pop 3.75 billion
2 Rap/Hip-Hop 1.53 billion
3 Rock 692 million
4 R&B 594 million
5 EDM 566 million
6 Soundtrack/Score 373 million
7 Other 246 million
8 Country 205 million
9 Latin 202 million
10 Alternative/Indie 192 million

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