Harry Styles’ “Sign Of The Times” Faces “Technical Issue” On Spotify

Christina Lee | April 9, 2017 10:15 am
Harry Styles' "Sign Of The Times" Review
Harry Styles delivers the best single from a One Direction member to date.

Harry Stylesdebut solo single seems like a no-brainer hit. But fans are worried that a glitch on Spotify will impact its chart performance.

For several hours on April 7, the day Harry released “Sign of the Times,” the song wasn’t available on Spotify. Fans searched for the name “Harry Styles.” They checked the New Music Friday playlist. But even if “Sign of the Times” did pop up, the link to play was inactive.

A Spotify rep confirmed to Variety there was “a technical issue for both Free and Premium” users, though by then, folks could reinstall the app to “remove the cache” and fix the issue. By early evening yesterday (April 9), however, when Spotify tweeted its “Sign of the Times” link, some listeners still couldn’t play the song.

“Sign of the Times” did beat Adele‘s record for seizing the No. 1 spot on the iTunes singles chart. (It claimed the top slot in 19 minutes, versus an hour for “Hello.”) But Harry’s biggest fans — who, trust, are better at mobilizing people than some political parties — are upset that all their efforts might not be reflected on the charts.

Over at the U.K., Ed Sheeran‘s “Galway Girl” and “Shape of You” topped Spotify’s streaming chart; Harry’s “Sign of the Times” ranked 14th.

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