‘The Girl from Ipanema’ popularity soars with Rio Olympics

Model Gisele Bundchen walks on stage while song was being played.

Model Gisele Bundchen walks on stage while song was being played.

“The Girl from Ipanema” has won a ‘gold medal’ in music streaming following the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics.

Spotify says the song was streamed more than 40,000 times a day after the Olympics kicked off Friday night in Rio de Janeiro. It is 1,200 per cent rise for the track, which was typically streamed about 3,000 times a day before the Olympics, the streaming service said.

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen walked onstage during the opening ceremony while “The Girl from Ipanema” played. The Grammy-winning song was released in 1964.

Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote the song as a tribute to a girl he fell in love with as she left Ipanema Beach, one of Rio’s iconic beaches. It is arguably Brazil’s most recognizable song internationally.

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