Hi again, Cher. The music legend, who recently appeared in the movie Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, keeps her love for Swedish hitmakers ABBA going with a set of covers named after their international smash Dancing Queen. Last Thursday, her take on the quartet’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”, a hit across Europe in 1979, got the internet talking and listening all over the world. On iTunes, the cover charted in just under 50 countries, reaching #33 on the all-genre list in the U.S., with ten affiliates reporting top ten peaks in the past few days. Those peaks fall just behind the statistics for the ABBA remake that started it all off, her version of “Fernando” with actor Andy Garcia, charting in 60 countries as a result of the movie’s opening. Elsewhere, “Gimme” is north of 775,000 streams on Spotify, aided by its top ten Viral status on the U.S. (#8) and Global (#10) charts, as well as significant playlists in the pop world, including New Music Friday in the U.S. and abroad. At YouTube, an audio-only clip for the cover just crossed one million views in under a week, while Shazam reports a total of 5,800 tags for the song during the same period, with little to no airplay here to date. Does Cher’s upcoming set have a chance to dance its way to #1? When all is said and done, it’s a possibility. (Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)
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