APRA AMCOS has introduced the 1,000,000,000 list to recognise writers who have achieved extraordinary success by reaching a billion streams on a single song
Nat Dunn is presented with the first award for her song Friends by Marshmello & Anne-Marie
The 1,000,000,000 list takes into account streaming numbers from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Vevo, Amazon and Google Play.
Recently named APRA AMCOS Ambassador, songwriter, producer, and singer Nat Dunn was honoured at APRA AMCOS HQ last week with the inaugural position on the organisation’s The 1,000,000,000 List. Presented by Chief Exec Dean Ormston, a position on The 1,000,000,000 List is awarded to APRA AMCOS members who have achieved extraordinary success by accumulating over one billion streams for a particular song.
The worldwide smash FRIENDS, which Dunn co-wrote with the song’s performers American producer Marshmello and UK pop star Anne-Marie, has surpassed the industry benchmark of one billion streams since its release in February 2018, and has also achieved triple platinum status in Australia and Canada, and platinum in eight countries including the US, UK, Germany and France.
The 1,000,000,000 List takes into account streaming numbers from major services Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube, and is the first award of its kind to recognise a songwriter’s achievement. Dunn is published through Young & Vicious via a joint venture with Mushroom Music Publishing, and trophies were also presented to reps from both companies.
Dunn, a QLD native who primarily works in and travels between London and Los Angeles, is part of a vanguard of Aussie and Kiwi songwriters, producers, and industry creatives including Sia, Sarah Aarons, and Joel Little making an impact in the international sphere of pop music writing.
Dunn is celebrating the honour this week with what she loves to do: collaborating on new work with a roster of outstanding songwriters and producers. In partnership with Mushroom Music Publishing, Young & Vicious and APRA AMCOS’ SongHubs initiative, Dunn is curating a three-day intensive songwriting camp at Sydney’s Studios 301 with artists including Peking Duk, Illy, Mallrat, and Odette, as well as Dunn’s bandmate Nicky Night Time from her artist project NAATIONS (also published through Young & Vicious via Mushroom Music).
Upon receiving The 1,000,000,000 List honour, Dunn spoke about the future of songwriting and the role of music creators in a streaming-focused industry, where digital-related income accounted for nearly one-third of APRA AMCOS’ 2017-18 revenue of $420 million.