Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake featuring MØ is probably the world’s most played tune this year.
3 months in the top 10 in the Summer, Top 5 in 25 countries, almost 1 billion YouTube views – that’s more than Adele. It also knocked Ed Sheeran off the top of Spotify’s most streamed list.
Major Lazer is producer Diplo and MØ is Danish singer Karen Marie Orsted. Diplo is an American rapper and producer called Thomas Wesley Pentz who’s stage name is based on Diplodocus (after his childhood love of dinosaurs).
The tune started out as a reggae instrumental written in Trinidad, had parts added in France by the French DJ Snake, was speeded up by Diplo and then sent to MØ and other musicians in Las Vegas to write the lyrics. Truly international collaboration.
Diplo has also worked with Madonna, Beyoncé, Shakira, and Britney Spears. He also worked on Justin Bieber’s comeback album .
Obviously the current go-to producer.