5,751,133 people listen to Morrissey's lyrics every month on Spotify

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  1. Anonymous

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    Anybody that knows anything about music will tell you that sales or the amount of listeners in this case is determined by popularity promotion and quality of the music. Both the Beatles and The Smiths have a much wider appeal by virtue of these three factors.
     
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    Because it's not particularly newsworthy.
     
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  3. Anonymous

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    Well I think it is.

    A certain "news" outlet told us that Morrissey's fans "feel betrayed". And yet, they're buying Morrissey's latest album and they're still listening to Morrissey on Spotify and YouTube.

    A few days ago, another website told us to watch The Smiths' last gig. Footage that has been up on YouTube for over two years. Morrissey's opening night on Broadway has been up for five weeks and has had around the same amount of views as that video of The Smiths. https://www.morrissey-solo.com/thre...last-ever-live-show-1986-june-10-2019.144334/

    And now, Morrissey's latest album, California Son, is climbing back up Amazon's Alternative & Indie chart. It's now at Number 4: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Sellers-Music-Alternative-Indie/zgbs/music/231193?tag=msamzn-21

    This is all newsworthy!
     
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  4. Anonymous

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    Yeah. Hold the front page.
     
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  5. Oh my

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    Beyonce has 27.6 million monthly listeners... It must mean that she is more relevant than the Beatles.
     
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    Ok Sam but back in the real world everyone knows it’s sales have been fucking pitiful.
     
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  7. Gregor Samsa

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    I’m not slagging them nor their fans off, but those numbers are staggering for someone not British. To me they’re very much a regional band. Their worldwide influence is nowhere near that of Moz, Cure, New Order/JD, Roses etc - bands from kind of the same generation who also generate similar numbers.
     
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    Stone Roses are also quite regional.
    At 1.6 M they have less listeners than Moz-solo, let alone The Smiths.
     
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  9. Anonymous

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    Here are some more Spotify monthly listener numbers of other bands that I like:

    Stereolab - 451,028
    Paul Weller - 522,416
    Happy Mondays - 536,890
    Sex Pistols - 1,070,081
    The Jam - 1,272,945
    Exho & The Bunnymen - 1,337,291
     
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  10. Surface

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    Which is why these numbers don’t mean much, the Stone Roses sold out Wembley Stadium 18 months ago.
     
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    Which was precisely my point.
    You have a very insular outlook on the world.
     
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  13. Harsh Truth

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    What a ridiculous comparison.
     
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    It really isn't, HT. How is comparing Morrissey's monthly listeners to Miles or Coltrane, ridiculous?

    I'm a fan of both Miles and Coltrane. All jazz in fact.

    Thelonious Monk, one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, has 757,038 monthly listeners.

    The second best drummer of all time, Max Roach, has 114,054 monthly listeners.

    The greatest drummer of all time, Elvin Jones, has 48,072 monthly listeners. He has less than 20,000 followers on Spotify! I'm one of 'em!

    These musicians, these jazz icons, made a lot of historic recordings. Name a jazz musician and I bet those I've mentioned either played with or recorded with them.

    So when someone on here says something disparaging regarding Morrissey's Spotify stats, and they're then shown stats for musicians like Miles and Coltrane, it puts it all into perspective.
     
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  16. Harsh Truth

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    It's ridiculous because Morrissey has absolutely nothing to do with jazz. The overlap in audience must be 5% or less. Plus, the overall listenership of jazz is much less than rock and pop. That's not a knock on jazz. It's just a fact.

    Morrissey's numbers are most fairly compared to those of his contemporaries - that being post-punk, indie, brit pop, alternative, etc. artists that came up through the 80s.
     
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  17. Anonymous

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    Spotify doesn't work like that though, HT.

    I used Miles as an example as he still sells a load of records:

    "Today, 50 years after it was released, "Kind of Blue" remains the bestselling jazz album of all time. More than 4 million copies have been sold, and the album still sells an average of 5,000 copies a week. If you have a jazz album on your shelf, odds are it's "Kind of Blue.""

    https://www.newsweek.com/how-kind-blue-became-best-selling-jazz-album-ever-77791

    Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, occupies 3 positions in Amazon's top 10 Jazz chart; It's at number 1, 7 and 8:
    https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Music-Jazz/zgbs/music/34/ref=zg_bs_nav_m_1_m
     
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    It's not ridiculous, I like Coltrane too.
    Anyway, it would be fun to make a poll about how people listen to Morrissey here (i.e, Spotify, CD, MP3, Vinyl).
     
  19. Harsh Truth

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    And I like GG Allin, but I don't think that's a fair comparison either.
     
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    Said almost no one ever :)
     
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