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PINGING: POWFU

In our new semi-regular feature, we shine a light on tracks that are buzzing in all the right places and pinging the radar. Don't take our word for it—just check out the numbers...

Powfu "death bed" f/beabadoobee (Columbia/Robots and Humans)

Powfu's "death bed" has become a TikTok sensation garnering well over 1.5m videos within the app. The song is built around beabadoobee's breezy love song, "Coffee," which Powfu samples throughout the track. Although it first hit streaming platforms in 2019, "death bed" was taken down due to clearance purposes until in resurfaced in February of 2020. 

"death bed" has since shot up the charts at DSPs. It's currently Top 20 at Soundcloud, just entered the Top 25 on Spotify's Global chart and has reached a peak of #35 on Spotify's U.S. chart. Since its release on 2/9, the song is already over 150k in activity while approaching 10m weekly streams. The track has been added to pop flagship playslists Today's Hits at Apple Music and Today's Top Hits at Spotify. 

The TikTok craze that has ensued with the song isn't a dance; while the Canadian rapper tells the story of a lover saying goodbye (via breakup and/or death), users have been creating videos to the song in which one friend confesses their love to their best friend. 

Listen to "death bed" below, and see what has fans in their feelings. 

MAYBE, JUST MAYBE:
MOBILE PHONES,
IMMOBILE HUMANS
Lenny Beer needs to cut down on his screen time. (10/1a)
RAINMAKERS: MICHAEL RAPINO, NATION BUILDER
A tease for the upcoming edition, eh? (10/1a)
THE DEATH OF PRINT JOURNALISM: GRAMMY PREVIEW EDITION
Gimme an "H." Gimme another "H." (9/30a)
NEAR TRUTHS: PARANOIA STRIKES DEEP—INTO YOUR LIFE
IT WILL CREEP*
A high-revving column (10/1a)
YOUR TOP 20 IS
FULLY LOADED
Prediction: There will be 20 albums in the Top 20 this week. (10/1a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
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