MANILA, The Philippines (UPDATED) – In just six days after its release, Filipino band UDD’s latest single Sigurado (Definitely) has topped digital music streaming service Spotify’s Global Viral 50 and Philippines Viral 50 Charts.
This also makes UDD the first Asian act to debut at the number one spot on Spotify’s Global Viral chart.
The chart, which measures the number of listens and shares a song gets, also featured international hits such as The xx’s Say Something Loving on the fifth spot and I Don’t Wanna Live Forever by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik at number 14.
“The platform that Spotify has in these charts in particular shows that anyone can get lucky with the right support from their listeners. Its changing the landscape for musicians around the world, giving everyone an equal opportunity to share music,” vocalist Armi Millare told The Binge.
Millare penned the lyrics for the song with the whole band collaborating on the music. UDD, composed of Millare, guitarist Carlos Tañada, Paul Yap on bass, and Ean Mayor on drums has been around for over 10 years, and has made a name for themselves not just in the Philippine music scene, but in Asia and Europe as well.
After bagging local and regional awards, the band also scored a wildcard nomination in 2014 for the MTV Europe Music Awards as the Best Southeast Asia Act.
When asked about how she feels making it to the top spot, the often shy Millare tells The Binge: “Just happy that even across the seas we are intimately connected to other Filipinos through the music.”
Millare says the band released the song at midnight on January first as a gift to those who supported their music through the years. “Our gratitude goes to the people who gave us a shot then and now,” she added.
For the past decade, UDD was known to fans as Up Dharma Down but the band decided to simplify the name and make the acronym official.
Millare also denied rumours that she is leaving the group, adding that she has no reason to do so. “We’ve been family before some of us had settled down and raised our own,” Millare said.
UDD is known for their hits Oo (Yes), Tadhana (Fate), and Turn it Well. The band is set to release their fourth album in the first quarter of this year. It will be called UDD, their first self-titled album following their three successful albums, Fragmented, Bipolar, and Capacities.
Photo of UDD by Jake Verzosa.