News October 9, 2019

Flume celebrated for one billion streams of ‘Never Be Like You’

Flume celebrated for one billion streams of ‘Never Be Like You’
Image (L-R): Harley Streten & Dean Ormston / Supplied

Australian electronic dance music producer and performer Harley Streten, better known in music circles as wunderkind , has made it into a very exclusive club.

It’s called The 1,000,000,000 List, which puts its members on when they accumulate over one billion streams globally for an original song.

Only two others are in the club: Nat Dunn for MARSHMELLO’s ‘Friends’ and Dean Lewis for ‘Be Alright’.

In Flume’s case, it was ‘Never Be Like You’, released in January 2016, which got him the honour.

The award was presented on Manly Beach in Sydney by APRA AMCOS chief executive Dean Ormston.

“Flume’s songwriting and production has had a huge influence on how music sounds, and his success has opened the doors for his fellow Australian music creator,” Ormston said.

“Through his songs, he has connected to fans all over the world and we congratulate Harley on achieving a position on The 1,000,000,000 List.”

Flume took time off from playing the Listen Out festival and promoting his new single ‘Rushing Back’, featuring Vera Blue, to make it to the beach.

“I’m honoured to have found out the song hit one billion streams a few weeks ago,” he said.

“We’re lucky to have such a supportive local industry and it’s so great seeing Australian songs continue to do well overseas. Thanks, APRA AMCOS.”

The song’s publishers and Music Group were recognised for their role in its success.

Kobalt Music Group APAC’s managing director Simon Moor said: “There are many great achievements and awards that a songwriter and artist could receive but landing a place in The 1,000,000,000 List with APRA AMCOS is right up there at the top.

“‘Never Be Like You’ has always been close to my heart and Kobalt is honoured to represent Flume and be a part of Harley’s global success together with Nathan, Chad, Mitch and the team at Future Classic.”

Having worked with Streten since his debut, Future Classic founder/CEO Nathan McLay commented: “‘Never Be Like You’ was one of the defining songs to crossover electronic music into the mainstream.

“It marked a progression from dance music that preceded it, a bolt from the blue marrying great melody and songwriting with unique, forward-thinking production to create a sublime, emotionally resonant and uplifting anthem.

“We’re delighted for Harley and honoured to have a song on APRA AMCOS’ The 1,000,000,000 List.”

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