In this week's Last.fm international singles chart, American indie pop star Lana Del Rey, the sexed-up reincarnation of the former Lizzy Grant, emerges in the chart with her hit song "Video Games." Also, British singer Adele holds her position at the top of the chart with "Rolling in the Deep," while Rihanna's hit "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris holds second place.
Del Rey has been garnering considerable buzz and controversy in the media this year for her sultry sound and reinvented image. Her "Video Games" video has received more than 14 million YouTube views since being released in August. On January 30 in the UK/January 31 in the US, she is set to release her debut album Born to Die via Interscope Records, featuring the already released "Blue Jeans," "Video Games," and title track.
Grammy-winning American rock band The Black Keys dropped their album El Camino on December 5 and are ready to launch a 12-city tour of Europe and the UK in January. The album's first single, "Lonely Boy," claims 27,507 listeners this week and holds onto eighth position in the Last.fm top ten. The track reached number one on Canadian alternative rock singles charts and number three on the US alternative chart.
Last.fm's top tracks December 18-25:
1. Adele - "Rolling in the Deep" (45,433 listeners)
2. Rihanna - "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris (42,140 listeners)
3. Adele - "Someone Like You" (37,736 listeners)
4. Foster the People - "Pumped Up Kicks" (37,149 listeners)
5. M83 - "Midnight City" (32,803 listeners)
6. Adele - "Set Fire to the Rain" (29,517 listeners)
7. Coldplay - "Paradise" (29,170 listeners)
8. The Black Keys - "Lonely Boy" (27,507 listeners)
9. Lana Del Rey _ "Video Games" (26,322 listeners) (+3)
10. Florence + The Machine - "Shake It Out" (25,893 listeners) (-1)
Last.fm claims more than 40 million active users based in more than 200 countries. Available in 12 languages, the site's radio service is free for desktop computer users in the UK, the US, and Germany; mobile devices require a subscription of €3 a month to stream music.
Using a system called "scrobbling," Last.fm's charts measure everything its users listen to through the Last.fm website as well as hundreds of other music sites and services, including iTunes, Spotify, and The Hype Machine.
Watch Lana Del Rey's "Video Games": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO1OV5B_JDw