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News July 15, 2022

Pnau Is ‘Stoked’ After ‘Cold Heart’ Passes 1 Billion Streams on Spotify

Senior Journalist, B2B
Pnau Is ‘Stoked’ After ‘Cold Heart’ Passes 1 Billion Streams on Spotify

Pnau can expect entry into APRA’s 1,000,000 List for their contribution to “Cold Heart,” which this week crossed the one-billion streams threshold on Spotify.

The electronic production outfit turned Elton John and Dua Lipa’s mashup duet into a global hit, one that led sales charts in the U.K. and Australia and crushed long-standing records.

In recent days, “Cold Heart” officially notched the milestone on Spotify, an effort that gives Pnau their first taste of the billionaire club and dwarfs Elton’s biggest hits. Dua Lipa has already passed the mark with “One Kiss” and “Levitating”.

The Sydney trio, consisting of Peter Mayes and brothers Nick and Sam Littlemore, are “stoked” with the achievement, a social post reads.

The 2021 single, which interpolates “Sacrifice” with “Rocket Man,” “Kiss the Bride” and “Where’s My Shoorah,” became Elton’s eighth No. 1 single in his homeland and first for 16 years. It gave Lipa a third, and Pnau their first leader.  

On its way to the summit, “Cold Heart” made Elton the first act in history to score a U.K. Top 10 single in six different decades.

In Australia, the single took 12 weeks to reach the summit. When it got there, it made Elton, at 74 years, seven months and 14 days, the oldest artist to top the ARIA Singles Chart, overtaking Paul McCartney.

“Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” marks Lipa and Pnau’s first, and Elton’s third ARIA No. 1 single, the last coming in 1997 with his 14-times platinum certified “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” / “Candle in the Wind 1997.”

There could be more fan-love where “Cold Heart” came from.

Speaking with TMN, Nick Littlemore noted that the Elton-Pnau sessions produced at least a dozen numbers.  

“We ended up making 12-14 songs. One of which is ‘Cold Heart,’ the only one that has come out to date,” Littlemore explained in an interview published in TMN last December.

To date, those recordings have remained in the can.

Pnau and Elton have made sweet music in the past, most notably with Good Morning to the Night, which led the Official U.K. Albums chart for a week in 2012.


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