Netflix’s Bridgerton is Allowing Classical Music Enjoy a Newfound Popularity
While we typically look at the charts to find new songs to listen to, some of us have now turned to Bridgerton for inspiration. The Netflix phenomenon has resulted in a surge in streams for Vitamin String Quartet, a Los Angeles-based collective known for their classical versions of some of pop's biggest hits.
Since its release on Christmas Day, Bridgerton has been watched by more than 63 million households, making it Netflix’s fifth-biggest original series launch.
The show, based on the romance novel series by Julia Quinn, follows eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family as they look for love (and a "suitable match") in Regency London society.
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While most viewers have been fascinated by the elaborate garments imagined by costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, some have turned their attention to the orchestral renditions of Adriana Grande’s Thank u, next or Maroon 5's Girls Like You that soundtrack the episodes of the series.
They all come from the imagination of Vitamin String Quartet, a Los Angeles-based rotating collective of players performing everything from Lana Del Rey to Kanye West and The Flaming Lips.
Vitamin String Quartet has recently seen a 350 per cent increase in streams across streaming music services and grown monthly listeners by over 50 per cent on Spotify and Amazon Music, according to Variety.
Their covers for Bridgerton have been compiled in a six-song EP, which currently sits on top of iTunes Top 100 Soundtracks. The official soundtrack for the series, composed by Kris Bowers, is at number six on the chart.
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