Sunday, May 26, 2024

Ah Hah! Harry Styles’ New Single, “As It Was,” a Monster Hit with 60 Million Streams, 40 Mil YouTube Plays


Just to let you know, Harry Styles as a monster hit on his hands. “As It Was,” released last Thursday evening, is booming bigger even than Adele did last November.

“As It Was” already has 60 million streams on Spotify and 40 million views on You Tube. It’s, as they say, massive.

This is all in anticipation of “Harry’s House,” the album coming May 20th.

“As It Was” is a great song for a pop idol with tabloid followers. The fans think it’s about Harry and Olivia Wilde, his public girlfriend and ex of Ted Lasso, aka Jason Sudeikis.

Also, the track — modeled on AHa’s “Take on Me” — begins with a child saying, “Harry, we want to say good night to you.” Is that a Sudeikis-Wilde progeny?

Harry Styles may be the last real pop star, after Justins Timberlake and Bieber. His career has been cultivated and curated with an old fashioned sensibility. And on top of that, he’s a nice guy, which helps a lot.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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