The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
From the country that brought you Godzilla, Hello Kitty and Pokemon, comes a hyperactive "pear fairy" with a love for heavy metal that has taken Japan by storm -- and now plans to conquer the world. "Funassyi", a devil-may-care lifesize fruit mascot who risks life and limb by performing eye-watering stunts, has just returned from a triumphant visit to New York and on Thursday threw down the gauntlet to rivals such as Kumamon, a tubby bear with whom it once had a punch-up on national television. "I was a celebrity in New York -- people were going crazy," the yellow blob told foreign reporters in Tokyo.
Lésigny (France) (AFP) - Back in the day, the prospect of a French king speaking English would have been enough to trigger a century-long war. Not any more, as evidenced by what will be France's most-expensive TV series ever, "Versailles", a period mini-series of 10 episodes that will come out at the end of this year. The makers of the series, about the famous Palace of Versailles outside Paris and King Louis XIV who had it built, have bowed before the inescapable domination of English as the global language of international entertainment. Thus their French king -- one of history's most iconic monarchs -- is British.