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Listening trends for Game of Thrones

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THE 8th and final season of Game of Thrones will debut in Asia same time as the US on Monday, April 15 at 9 a.m., with a same day encore at 10 p.m., exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. The series will also be available on HBO On Demand. New episodes will premiere every Monday at the same time.

GAME OF THRONES (GOT) is as much about sounds as sights, and as the show prepares to enter its 8th and final season, Spotify has dug into how it has influenced listening.

With more than 380 million streams of all GOT soundtracks and related playlists on Spotify since Jan. 1, 2016, it’s clear that fans of the show are also fans of the music. More than 250,000 listeners have created their own GOT-themed playlists, and many more have created character playlists. With what could be a hint as to who Spotify listeners think should sit on the Iron Throne, Tyrion Lannister has the most fan-made playlists: More than 7,700.

Also a big draw is the GOT soundtrack, scored by composer Ramin Djawadi, which provides instant recall of the characters’ most dramatic moments. “Light of the Seven,” the piece heard when Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor in the Season 6 finale, is the most-streamed Mr. Djawadi composition since Jan. 1, 2016, followed by the show’s eponymous “Main Title” and then “The Winds Of Winter,” which accompanies Arya as she sails to Braavos at the conclusion of Season 4.

As fans prepare to return to Westeros for Season 8, Spotify has unveiled a refresh of its rock-influenced playlist, “Game of Thrones: The End Is Coming” (formerly named “Songs of Ice and Fire”), a collaboration between GOT co-creators David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Spotify. “We were looking for songs that made us feel the way the show made us feel,” Messrs. Benioff and Weiss told For The Record, Spotify’s blog.

Fans of the show can stream seven different playlists curated by HBO and featuring Mr. Djawadi score songs that relate to each family’s journey on GOT.




There are individual playlists for House Baratheon, House Targaryen, House Stark, House Lannister, The White Walkers, The Night’s Watch, and, The Great Houses.


CHARACTERS WITH THE MOST USER-GENERATED PLAYLISTS GLOBALLY:

• Tyrion Lannister
• Hodor
• Jon Snow
• Cersei Lannister
• Arya Stark
• Samwell
• Sansa Stark
• Melisandre
• Khal Drogo
• Jaime Lannister

MOST-STREAMED SONGS FROM OFFICIAL GAME OF THRONES SOUNDTRACKS IN THE PHILIPPINES
(from Jan. 1, 2016 to April 1, 2019)

• “Light of the Seven,” Cersei blows up the Sept of Baelor, Season 6, Ep. 10
• Main Titles, longer version that’s featured during every episode
• “The Winds of Winter,” Arya sails to Braavos at the conclusion of Season 4
• Main Title — From The Game Of Thrones Soundtrack, featured during every episode.
• “Blood of My Blood,” Daenerys flies over her Dothraki khalasar on Drogon. Season 6, Ep. 6
• “Winter Has Come,” White raven flies over Winterfell, Jon and Sansa talk post Battle of the Bastards. Season 6, Ep. 9
• “Khaleesi,” Daenerys emerges from the Temple of the Dosh Khaleen after setting it alight. Season 6, Ep. 4
• “My Watch Has Ended,” Jon Snow, revived from the dead, greets his friends in the courtyard of Castle Black. Season 6, Ep. 3
• “Game Of Thrones” from The Game Of Thrones soundtrack, the main theme of the series, with a more drum-driven beat.
• “Hear Me Roar,” Cersei is crowned on the Iron Throne. Season 6, Ep. 10.

MOST-STREAMED SONGS FROM OFFICIAL GAME OF THRONES SOUNDTRACKS GLOBALLY
(from Jan. 1, 2016 to April 1, 2019)

• “Light of the Seven,” Season 6, Ep. 10
• Main Title from the Game Of Thrones soundtrack
• “The Winds of Winter,” conclusion of Season 4
• “Blood of My Blood,” Season 6, Ep. 6
• “The Rains of Castomere” (performed by The National), end credits of Season 2, Ep. 9, after the Lannisters win the Battle of the Blackwater
• “My Watch Has Ended,” Season 6, Ep. 3
• “Winter Has Come,” Season 6, Ep. 9
• “Khaleesi,” Season 6, Ep. 4
• “I Need You by My Side” (bonus track), Ser Jorah reveals to Daenerys that he has contracted the deadly disease, greyscale. Season 6, Ep 5
• “Maester,” Sam sees the Citadel library for the first time. Season 6, Ep. 10