The annual Academy Awards, or the Oscars, returns on Sunday 25th April to celebrate some of the most critically acclaimed films released over the past year.
Ahead of the biggest night in the film calendar, new data from Spotify has shown that listeners around the world are re-immersing themselves in the amazing soundtracks and songs from this year’s nominees, as well as some of their favourite film soundtracks from history.
The Spotify Hollywood’s Big Night playlist has increased in streams by 234% globally in March compared to the previous month as excitement builds before the big night.
In 2021’s Best Picture category, composer Emile Mosseri’s soundtrack to Minari is proving to be a big hit with listeners. In March, the soundtrack saw a 201% increase in listens globally from the month before. Also with six nominations at this year’s Oscars is Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. The soundtrack has seen a strong uplift in streams month on month too, jumping 271% globally since February.
Amongst the nominees for Best Original Song is H.E.R’s Fight For You, the original song for the film Judas and the Black Messiah. Spotify listeners cannot get enough of this hit with the song seeing a 120% increase in listens globally in March in comparison to February. Fans of Will Ferrell and Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest are continuing to stream power ballad Húsavík, with the song ranking as the second most streamed Film Soundtrack nominated for this year’s awards, based on Spotify streams globally.
This year’s most popular film score nominated for Best Original Score, based on streams between February and March, is Pixar’s Soul by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The original scores that follow in second and third are Emile Mosseri’s Minari and James Newton Howard’s News Of The World.
Not only are Spotify users streaming the latest scores and soundtracks, they are also continuing to listen to famous movie soundtracks throughout history ahead of the big night in the film calendar. The most streamed film soundtrack albums globally between February and March 2021 include Hans Zimmer’s Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Disney’s Frozen and previous Academy Awards winner La La Land.
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