In trans-Tasman ceremonies this past week APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston presented songwriters Starley Hope and P-Money with their respective places on The 1,000,000,000 List. The award recognises more than one billion streams of the international hit ‘Call On Me.’
Released as Starley’s debut single in 2016, ‘Call On Me’ quickly became an international hit and spent much of 2017 on charts around the world, from the top position on Belgium’s dance chart, to Top 10 positions in the UK, USA, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland, and a multitude more Top 40 positions from Canada to Mexico.
In Australia it reached the Top 10 of three The Music Network airplay charts - #1 Australian Artists Airplay, #5 on CHR chart, and #7 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
The song appeared on at least ten 2017 year-end charts.
Australian producer Ryan Riback’s remix was a huge success in Europe, topping Sweden’s official weekly singles chart, as well as charting Top 10 in Australia and New Zealand.
‘Call On Me’ has accumulated multi-platinum sales status in many countries, including Diamond status in France (250,000 sales), 5 x Platinum in Sweden and triple Platinum in Australia and Canada.
“It’s an absolute honour to be recognised by APRA AMCOS with this award, especially since it reflects the millions of people that connected with a song that’s so personal to me. A very huge thanks to the one-and-only Ryan Riback. His remix took the song to the next level,“ Starley said at the Sydney presentation today.
“I greatly appreciate the award and the recognition, and I’d like to thank Starley, Ryan Riback, APRA AMCOS, Kobalt, Sam Dutch, B-Side and Archie from Central Station,” said P-Money, upon receiving his award in Auckland last week.
Acknowledged alongside P-Money was his publisher, Kobalt Music Group. “Kobalt has worked with and represented P-Money’s publishing career globally for many years now. P’s talent has always shone and he has always had success but to see P reach these great heights is one of the highlights of my career. I would like to congratulate and thank him for this,” said Kobalt’s APAC Managing Director Simon Moor.
“Congratulations to Starley and P-Money on achieving incredible worldwide success for ‘Call On Me.’
“It takes songwriting talent – and no doubt a lot of trust and vulnerability to collaborate and create a song that reaches one billion streams. APRA AMCOS is proud to acknowledge and celebrate our members when they reach this globally recognised industry milestone,” said Ormston.
Starley and P-Money join Nat Dunn (for MARSHMELLO’S ‘Friends’), Dean Lewis (for ‘Be Alright’), Flume (for ‘Never Be Like You’), Jake Mason, Ivan Khatchoyan, and Lance Ferguson (for Cookin’ On 3 Burners ‘This Girl’) on the prestigious list, with more songwriters soon to be added.
The 1,000,000,000 List takes into account streaming numbers from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Vevo, Amazon, Google Play and more. It is the first award of its kind to recognise a songwriter’s achievement.