12 – 03 – 2021

Indie Chart (Week 10, 2021)

German singer-songwriter Edwin Rosen tops a chart dominated by American artists, with the female presence from our previous Indie Chart remaining strong. Only Cassandra Jenkins and False Hands return from last time, with Jenkins moving up two places.

Edwin Rosen tops this week's Instrumental Indie Chart growing his IX score by 5 points over the past two weeks, thanks to support from Spotify and growth on YouTube. His track 'lichter // kälter' (meaning "lighter // colder" in English) currently has over 2 million streams on Spotify - featuring in the German playlist Wilde Herzen (295k followers) - and 29k views on the Official Music Video.

Up next, Cassandra Jenkins is one of only two returning artists on this chart, moving up from #4 last time. She has maintained consistently strong Spotify follower growth, increasing the size of her audience by 40% over the past two weeks, thanks to editorial support from the streaming platform and press outlets. Jenkins features in the 700k follower strong playlist 'Infinite Indie Folk', as well as editorial playlists by NPR and Pitchfork.

The only other returning artist is False Heads, maintaining their #7 spot on the chart and flying the flag for UK indie alongside newcomer Lily Williams at #8.

The rest of the top 5 is rounded out by sonically diverse American artists Katy Kirby, Brijean and C.S. Armstrong. All three are currently receiving heavy editorial support from Spotify; Kirby also features in 'Infinite Indie Folk', bringing her total playlist followers close to 2 million; Brijean feature in a number of English and Latin American Spotify playlists; C.S. Armstrong was recently included on the soundtrack to the film Judas and the Black Messiah.

Rounding out the list is frtyfve signing Leanna Firestone, growing her Ix Score by 5 points thanks to inclusions in playlists such as Calming Acoustic and Songs to Cry To, and Italian indie pop artist AVINCOLA who grew his Ix Score by 10 points thanks to an appearance on Italian talent show Sanremo Festival, after which his Instagram following tripled in the space of three days.

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