Today, Glass Animals shares a live version of their global smash hit “Heat Waves” featuring Holly Humberstone for La Blogothèque! Since its initial release, “Heat Waves” has experienced a global rise in support that shows no signs of stopping, having just hit #1 on Australia’s ARIA Singles Chart, #12 on Spotify’s US Top 50 Chart and #31 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart.
Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley has teamed up with the rising star Holly Humberstone for a mesmerising version of “Heat Waves” filmed in London. The pair float along, Dave with guitar in hand, harmonising effortlessly to the bands’ introspective love song.
“Heat Waves” was first released in June 2020 ahead of Glass Animals’ third album Dreamland later that summer. Having originally resonated with their fans, word quickly spread, and the track started getting healthy traction at radio globally. Next came a sync placement on FIFA, which opened up a whole new audience and helped the track begin to climb charts all over the world. “Heat Waves” most notably received the #1 on triple j’s 2020 “Hottest 100”—an accolade not given to a UK band since Mumford & Sons in 2009, with previous winners including Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish. A third surge in attention came more recently with an organic Minecraft affiliation, whereby the YouTuber LoverFella (2.1M subscribers) rebuilt a Glass Animals fan’s base and surprised her with a meet and greet with the band who were waiting inside.
Currently “Heat Waves” holds the #1 spot on the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia and is holding strong on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart. It has over 1.6 million global adjusted single sales and 262 million combined global streams (165M on Spotify / 68M in the US alone). To date, “Heat Waves” peaked at 1.84 million daily streams and has received 12 million views on the video on YouTube. Glass Animals recently hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 15.7 million, surpassing the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, The 1975 and The Strokes. “Heat Waves” is currently charting at #3 on the Alternative Radio Chart and #31 on the Top 40 Chart (this week’s #1 most added song), and it continues to climb up the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and Billboard Global 200 Chart, making it the highest single chart peak success in the band’s history.
Glass Animals’ album Dreamland entered UK charts on its opening week at #2 (their highest ever scoring chart position, a massive 21 spots above their last album, Mercury Prize nominated How To Be A Human Being), hit #7 on the Billboard 200 in the US (the highest debut for a British band on the Billboard 200 Chart in 2020 since The 1975), as well as charted inside the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The album clocked up 160 million streams in its first week of release.