By Will Page, Jomar Perez, and Chris Tynan from Spotify Insights. Dutch rapper Mr Probz self-released his song ‘Waves’ late last year. Soon afterwards, German house producer Robin Schulz remixed the song on Soundcloud. Ultra Music and Sony Music Entertainment (SME) co-signed the track and it immediately topped charts in all major EU markets. To date, the track’s had 2.4 million downloads globally, and Mr Probz was streamed a million times a day on Spotify throughout summer, and has kept good momentum since. ‘Waves’ received considerable support from club DJs in Europe. But how did it break America, travelling across...

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