It’s official: Nat Dunn is a member of the billionaire club.
The Australian songwriter, producer and artist this week chalked up the first spot on APRA AMCOS’ The 1,000,000,000 List, which is awarded to the society’s members who have accumulated more than one billion streams for a song.
Dunn, who hails from Cairns, reached the ridiculous milestone for her co-writing work on Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s hit ‘Friends,’ which was the No. 2 song played on U.S. radio and went to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Released in February 2018 by the helmet-headed American EDM star Marshmello and British singer Anne-Marie, the single also notched-up triple platinum status in Australia and Canada, and is certified platinum in eight countries including the U.S., U.K., Germany and France.
Marshmello & Anne-Marie’s ‘Friends’
According to APRA AMCOS, its new 1,000,000,000 List counts streaming data from all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Vevo, Amazon and Google Play.
It’s said to be the first award of its kind to fete a songwriter’s achievement, and it comes at a time when digital platforms are surging. Thanks to those platforms and others, APRA AMCOS’ digital-related income for 2017-18 came to $420 million, nearly a third of all revenue.
“Being the first songwriter honoured with a place on The 1,000,000,000 List is a reflection of the influence and creative power that songwriters bring to a new music model focused on streaming,” Dunn says in a statement.