And the Gold Medal for Streaming Music Goes To…

Watching the opening ceremonies from Rio on Friday, you just knew that “Girl from Ipanema” just had to show up at some point in the proceedings. Well, it did–and since then, Spotify confirms that the song has been streamed more than 40,000 times a day since Friday night. That’s up 1,200% from before the Olympics.

Who benefits? Antonio Carlos Jobin, who wrote the song about a girl he saw on Ipanema Beach. It inspired a big bossa nova boom after it was released in 1962.

And do we know who this girl was? Actually, yes.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “And the Gold Medal for Streaming Music Goes To…

  • August 9, 2016 at 10:26 am

    such a lovely, timeless song.


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