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Look away now, Grammy Awards organisers: the most controversial omission from this year’s nominations has just been anointed as the biggest ‘global digital single’ of 2020 by industry body the IFPI.

It says that The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ generated 2.72bn ‘subscription stream equivalents’ globally last year, ahead of second-ranked ‘Dance Monkey’ by Tones and I (with 2.34bn SSEs) and third-placed ‘The Box’ by Roddy Ricch (1.67bn).

Something else we’d pick out is the seventh biggest digital track of last year according to the IFPI: ‘Made To Love’ by Xiao Zhan. It was propelled into the global top 10 by download sales in his home country, China.

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