Nirvana has streaming success, thanks to ‘The Batman’ adopting ‘Something in the Way’ as its dark theme song

Nirvana isn’t quite to Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” like Prince was to Tim Burton’s 1989 version of “Batman.” But even with a single old one used instead of an entire new song score, the new film is identified primarily with a musician, thanks to Kurt Cobain’s “Something in the Way” appearing at the start and end of the film as well as being mentioned in the score.

So the dark-sounding song is experiencing a comeback even outside of theaters, unsurprisingly. At the time of writing this Friday afternoon, a week after the film’s release, “Something in the Way” sits at No. 3 on Spotify’s daily chart of the top 50 songs to stream in the US, with 803,000. plays for the day, just behind No. 1 Glass Animals and another movie-based song at No. 2, “We Don’t Care About Bruno.”

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MRC Data crunched Billboard’s numbers and calculated just how much the 1991 track is seeing a surge in streaming following the film’s smash hit. MRC reported that in the first four days of the film’s release, the 3.1 million on-demand streams for the Nirvana song represented a 734% increase from total streams in the previous four days. the release of “The Batman”.

On March 8, the last date MRC reported totals, “Something in the Way” was streamed 1.6 million times, a peak reached from a low of 72,000 streams a week earlier.

Interest in the song is also helping boost numbers for the 1991 “Nevermind” album on which it first appeared, even though the album has already been a consistent vinyl sales backlog in recent years. At the Amazon Music store, “Nevermind” is currently at No. 9 on the list of best-selling CDs and vinyls.

Before MRC reported its data, Spotify came out on March 9 with a statistic that “Something in the Way” had seen an increase of more than 1200% on its service.

It’s interesting to see “Something in the Way” become a bit of a hit 31 years later, as it was never released as a single and is one of the lesser-known songs on this classic album. But a song that counts as mopey even by Kurt Cobain’s depressed standards was just the ticket for Reeves establishing some emotional credibility for the brooding new iteration of the character played by Robert Pattinson, who looks and acts like himself. he would be at home in a Seattle thunderstorm.

How dark is the song? Cobain told biographer Michael Azerrad that, lyrically, it was “like I was living under the bridge and dying of AIDS, being sick and couldn’t move and being truly helpless. shelter. It was a bit of a fantasy.

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