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How many times are Utah bands streamed each month?

By Spencer Sutherland, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Nov. 11, 2020 at 2:01 p.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, it seems unlikely that large concerts will be coming back any time soon. Not only is that disappointing for fans, but it's also devastating for musicians whose livelihoods are based on ticket sales.

Fortunately, artists can still make money from streaming services — even if the per stream earnings are small (Spotify pays $1 per 229 streams, according to VirtualCapitalist.com).

Here's a look at how many times these Utah bands are streamed each month on Spotify.

Imagine Dragons

About 34 million monthly listeners

Not only are Imagine Dragons Utah's most popular musical export (sorry Donnie and Marie), they're Spotify's 48th most popular band in the world.

If you've been living under a rock and have never heard the band, here's a playlist of their greatest hits.

Ritt Momney

About 17 million monthly listeners

You may not hear Ritt Momney and his mix of lo-fi keyboards and vocoders on the radio, but Salt Lake City native Jack Rutter's band is taking over the internet.

In fact, he's the 183rd most streamed artist on Spotify. "Put Your Records On" has been streamed more than 100 million times.

The Killers

About 15 million streams each month

Before moving to Las Vegas, The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers called Payson home. Thanks to more than 15 years of hits, the band is now Spotify's 218th most popular group.

Their newest album, "Imploding the Mirage," was released in August.

Neon Trees

About 5.5 million monthly listeners

In the eight years since Provo's Neon Trees released "Everybody Talks," the pop song has been streamed 286 million times.

Though the track is still the group's most popular, their new album, "I Can Feel You Forgetting Me," is filled with songs that may soon become fan favorites.

Kaskade

About 5 million monthly listeners

When Ryan Raddon, aka Kaskade, was learning to DJ in his Brigham Young University dorm room in the late 1980s, he probably never even dreamed of being nominated for a Grammy or headlining festivals like Coachella. In addition to those accomplishments, he was recently the first DJ to earn a Las Vegas residency.

If you're unfamiliar with his work, start with his remix of "Believer" by Imagine Dragons.

The National Parks

About 800,000 monthly listeners

Formed in Provo in 2012, The National Parks have since released four albums of exuberant, acoustic-based singalongs.

To date, their most popular track, "As We Ran," has been streamed more than 16 million times. Their latest release is a folky cover of "Lover" by Taylor Swift and is definitely worth a listen.

Royal Bliss

About 130,000 monthly listeners

Since 1997, Salt Lake City rockers Royal Bliss have released 10 studio albums and toured with bands like Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Buckcherry.

They just released a new song called "Ritalin" and are planning to play their annual Thanksgiving show at The Depot on Nov. 25 — fingers crossed.

The Lower Lights

About 57,000 monthly listeners

Known for their annual Christmas performances (this year's was canceled because of COVID-19), The Lower Lights and their old-time hymns have a year-round fanbase. Since 2010, the collective has released three albums of reimagined gospel tunes and two holiday albums.

Their 2016 recording, "Be Thou My Vision," has been streamed more than one million times.

Cinders

About 40,000 monthly listeners

Since they formed five years ago, Cinders have been known for their energetic live shows. Now fans of the indie rock band will get a little respite from the COVID-19 concert hiatus. They're playing two sold-out shows at Kilby Court this week.

Hopefully, "100 Foxes" will be on the setlist at those shows. It's been streamed more than 300,000 times.

Brother.

About 10,000 monthly listeners

It's not easy to describe Brother.'s music. Dreamy, synthy, often dancey, pop/rock, maybe?

There's a little of all of that in "Oxidate," the group's most-streamed track. The band is set to release a new song, "Ain't Over You," on Friday.

Drew Danburry

About 700 monthly listeners

Though you can stream Drew Danburry's catalog on the usual streaming services, he's giving fans a new way to experience his music — or maybe an old way.

This summer, he started a cassette label and released his new album, "Icarus Phoenix B-Sides," on cassette. If you can't find your old Walkman, give standout track, "Another Nightmare," a listen on Spotify.

Josaleigh Pollett

About 300 monthly listeners

If you're looking for your next favorite singer/songwriter, you'll find her right here in Utah. With sultry vocals that range from breezy to razor-sharp and biting lyrics about love and loss, Josaleigh Pollett is just as likely to wear her heart on her sleeve as cut yours right out.

Her most streamed track is "Crying Wolf," but "No Man is an Island" is a hidden gem.

Check out music from these and other Utah bands on this Spotify playlist.

How many times is your favorite Utah band streamed each month? Share in the comments.


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