I’ve commented on this before, that Grace has very broad appeal, not just across the ages of her fans, but also geographically. That international appeal has never been more evident than this morning.
For the first time, at least that I’ve noticed, Grace is more popular, on Spotify, beyond the borders of America than within it. This trend has been building for several months, beginning with Norway, Mexico, and Brazil commonly taking over the top 3 of the top 5 reported countries whose cities Grace is most frequently listened to.
Today, America was not even represented in the top 5 cities that listen most to Grace’s music. The countries of Denmark, Germany, Norway, Mexico, and Brazil hosted the top 5 cities.
When you consider that Denmark’s population is 54 times smaller than the U.S., but that Grace is more popular (not by capita, but by pure number of listeners) is astonishing. Norway has an even smaller number of people than Denmark, though just barely, but Grace has more listeners there at least as far as those numbers represented by the largest concentration of listeners by city. Germany, at 81 million people represents one quarter of the U.S. population, but there they are at number 2. Mexico, with nearly 124 million people are a third of the U.S., but their capital city has been consistently beating out LA and New York City for nearly a year. Brazil has a huge population and represents two thirds that of the U.S., so that’s not as shocking, but it is still impressive that Grace is more popular in that country than in the major cities of the U.S.
Okay, admittedly, the above numbers are possibly misleading. Spotify hoards their statistics and shares only very limited slices of information that doesn’t allow the general public to really dig deep into the meaning behind the numbers. It’s very possible that Grace is, when you take a whole country’s “number of listeners” figure into account (a figure not available through Spotify), that America likely still has the most listeners. I imagine, however, that Brazil and Mexico are close to, if not surpassing, the number of Grace listeners compared to the U.S.
I believe I’ve mentioned (okay, I beat this particular horse dead five times over) that Grace, beyond Japan, has never officially promoted herself in any of those countries mentioned above, she hasn’t released a new single since last March, and it’s been over a year and a couple of months since her last album, and yet she is more popular than ever in the counties that are listening to her most (at least on the number one music streaming platform in the western world).
Here’s hoping that Columbia shows the world beyond America, and Japan, some love with a handful of promotional tours (not concert touring, necessarily, but short promotional tours similar to what she did in Japan where she appeared on a few television shows, did some radio station visits, and made a few personal appearances). About a month following the new single release would be best and would allow them, perhaps, to more easily gauge whether or not they should book a handful of concerts in key foreign cities.
If Grace visits São Paulo, or Mexico City, to perform on a television show, a few weeks after her new single debuts, the streets around the station will likely be teaming with crazed fans. Can you imagine the footage from Blythe?
Grace is going to be in LA tomorrow… let’s keep our fingers crossed that news of when we can expect the new single is either announced, or teased then… A fan can dream, can’t he?
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