The Killers‘ classic hit ‘Mr Brightside’ has celebrated its 200th week in the UK top 100 – almost 14 years after it was originally released.
The track, which featured on the Las Vegas band’s debut ‘Hot Fuss’, peaked at number 10 in the UK Singles Chart in 2004, but has been an ever-present in the charts over the past few years due to its popularity on streaming services. Streaming data was first introduced to the UK charts in 2014.
The Official Charts Company now reports that ‘Mr Brightside’ has been streamed 45 million times in the last year alone and has averaged 878,000 plays and 696 downloads per week in 2018 so far.
According to the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), it’s also the most-streamed song of any track released before 2010.
Watch The Killers’ video for ‘Mr Brightside’ below.
‘Wonderful Wonderful’, the band’s sixth studio album and their first since 2012’s ‘Battle Born’, was released last September.
The Killers spoke to NME last year, revealing that they went to counselling sessions before recording their LP.
“It was basically a communication session,” drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr explained. “We’re four dudes that don’t want to communicate, don’t know how to communicate, how to lay it out. We needed some lessons. I think it’s healthy. If you don’t clear the air there’s a lot of separation. Cracks start to feel like wedges then canyons, and then paranoia builds up and you misconstrue everything.”
“It cut through the bullshit,” Vannucci added. “On tour you don’t wanna rock the boat too much, and it taught that, instead of letting something go an entire six week tour, if something happens fucking deal with it right there.”
The Killers upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.
June 23 – Swansea Liberty Stadium, Swansea
June 24 – Isle of Wight Festival
July 8 – TRNSMT 2018, Glasgow
July 13 – Bolton Macron Stadium
July 14 – Latitude Festival