Next Big Sound

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Next Big Sound provides a centralized place to monitor all the behavior and activity happening for artists both online and off.
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The listening, discovery, and purchase decisions of millions of consumers has moved online and the pace of this transition is only accelerating. Next Big Sound tracks more data for more bands online than anyone else in the world.

Mission: Knowledge to Navigate the Modern Music Industry

Having trouble getting your music on the radio? After the success of "Big Little Lies," Pandora Trendsetter Michael Kiwa...
04/11/2017
For Artists Who Don't Fit In Pop Radio, 'Big Little Lies' Standout Michael Kiwanuka Suggests TV

Having trouble getting your music on the radio? After the success of "Big Little Lies," Pandora Trendsetter Michael Kiwanuka suggests TV instead: https://www.forbes.com/sites/emilyblake1/2017/04/10/big-little-lies-standout-michael-kiwanuka-tv-is-perfect-for-artists-who-dont-fit-into-radio-mold/#ff1deb61a8cd

After his song "Cold Little Heart" was featured on the opening credits to HBO's "Big Little Lies," Michael Kiwanuka talks about why television is the perfect place for artists who don't fit into the radio "mold."

Julia Michaels, the songwriter behind Justin Bieber's "Sorry," steps into the spotlight on this week's Pandora Trendsett...
02/22/2017
Pandora Trendsetters Chart: Julia Michaels, Songwriter Behind Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry,’ Steps Into…

Julia Michaels, the songwriter behind Justin Bieber's "Sorry," steps into the spotlight on this week's Pandora Trendsetters Chart

https://blog.nextbigsound.com/pandora-trendsetters-pop-songwriter-julia-michaels-debuts-khalid-reigns-2e9330c41e2#.grikfymtq

On this week’s Pandora Trendsetters Chart, we’ve got the songwriter behind “Sorry” stepping into the spotlight, an up-and-coming rapper…

The message in the data is plain and clear: Dagny is a new rising pop star out of Scandinavia.
08/01/2016
The Numbers Behind Dagny, A Probable Pop Sensation

The message in the data is plain and clear: Dagny is a new rising pop star out of Scandinavia.

She’s one of Republic’s latest bets, and if you run the numbers odds are in their favor. Her name is Dagny, and she is a tiny blond Norwegian with a big pop talent, and a lot of traction.

Exciting news for artists and managers! As of today, you can connect any verified Pandora AMP account in Next Big Sound ...
03/15/2016
Pandora Data is Here

Exciting news for artists and managers! As of today, you can connect any verified Pandora AMP account in Next Big Sound to add its demographic and geographic analytics to your existing data from all other social and streaming sources.

Next Big Sound is incredibly excited to surface the #1 most requested data source: Pandora.

A Promising artist with Mainstream numbers? We're calling it now: Dua Lipa is the next big pop star.
03/01/2016
10 Reasons Why Dua Lipa Could Become The Next Big Pop Star

A Promising artist with Mainstream numbers? We're calling it now: Dua Lipa is the next big pop star.

VideoLOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Dua Lipa arrives at the Warner Music Group's celebration for the 58th annual Grammy Awards at Milk Studios on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) 1. I don't immediately know how to pronounce her name. Is i…

Call it taxonomy, classification, even organization — it is what we use to make sense of almost everything around us. ...
02/23/2016
The Taxonomy of Artists

Call it taxonomy, classification, even organization — it is what we use to make sense of almost everything around us. We build systems and put things in logical, labeled boxes that help us comprehend the world.

Why shouldn’t the same be true for the artist?

Check out our hot-off-the-press State of the Industry report:

FKA twigs is about to hit Mainstream and is right on benchmark. Find out where your artists stand.

Taylor vs Wiz? Fetty vs The Weeknd? Here's our data journalist Liv on how different @TheGRAMMYs might look if the fans, ...
01/14/2016
Here's Who Would Win A Grammy If Fans Had Their Say

Taylor vs Wiz? Fetty vs The Weeknd? Here's our data journalist Liv on how different @TheGRAMMYs might look if the fans, not the Academy, chose the winners.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: (Editors Note: This image has been modified using digital filters.) Recording artist Meghan Trainor attends the inaugural Image Maker Awards hosted by Marie Claire at Chateau Marmont on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Trainor is nominated for Best New Artis…

10/08/2015

We're all so excited to welcome our new brothers and sisters from Ticketfly to the Pandora family.

We celebrate the song of the summer well into the cool days of fall, but what about the artists that keep bringing the h...
09/25/2015
Can Someone Please Tell Me Why We Still Care About Song Of The Summer?

We celebrate the song of the summer well into the cool days of fall, but what about the artists that keep bringing the heat?

The verdict is in. As flip flops are solemnly stowed away, fall flannels and rain coats make their debuts, every music rag in the nation anoints one track or another the Song of the Summer – most of them settling on OMI’s sleeper smash “Cheerleader.” But frankly... so what? LOS ANGELES, [...]

We're loving our first month here in the Pandora offices in NYC, and so excited to be celebrating 10 years of music with...
09/09/2015

We're loving our first month here in the Pandora offices in NYC, and so excited to be celebrating 10 years of music with our new colleagues.

From the desk of our esteemed data journalist Liv Buli: the three young women set to take over the music biz. Keep an ey...
09/04/2015
Three Young Women Who Are Set To Conquer The Music Industry

From the desk of our esteemed data journalist Liv Buli: the three young women set to take over the music biz. Keep an eye out for Halsey, Alessia Cara and AURORA in 2015.

Watch out Adele, Emeli Sande, and the like - a new generation of young female singer-songwriters are charging into the public eye. Here are three emerging artists you should already be listening to. Halsey Fresh off the release of her debut album Badlands, Halsey's numbers are soaring. Making ripple…

We're so excited to share our mid-year update on the State of the Industry. Milestone, guys: we tracked more than a tril...
08/11/2015
DATA TO DATE: THE RAPID RISE OF SOCIAL AND STREAMING

We're so excited to share our mid-year update on the State of the Industry. Milestone, guys: we tracked more than a trillion streams in just the first six month of the year! #datatodate

I stream, you stream, we all stream some Trap Queen. Read more on @nextbigsound’s Data to Date report #datatodate

08/04/2015

Music lovers and industry folks, if you love our annual #SOTI report... watch this space for an exciting mid-year update.

A great party at Blade Helicopters last week for the NBS team with our pals from Master & Dynamic.
07/01/2015

A great party at Blade Helicopters last week for the NBS team with our pals from Master & Dynamic.

Here's five of the hottest up-and-coming acts to watch out for at Bonnaroo this weekend.
06/09/2015

Here's five of the hottest up-and-coming acts to watch out for at Bonnaroo this weekend.

The first ever #nextbigblockparty is going down tonight with our friends from the neighborhood and @thejanedoze on the o...
05/18/2015

The first ever #nextbigblockparty is going down tonight with our friends from the neighborhood and @thejanedoze on the ones and twos.

Timeline Photos
05/13/2015

Timeline Photos

A nice piece from the MailOnline today illustrating what we do and how we do it.
05/13/2015
How to predict chart-topping artists a YEAR in advance

A nice piece from the MailOnline today illustrating what we do and how we do it.

New York-based Next Big Sound collects public social data for thousands of artists and correlates this with sales and streaming numbers to track who is popular - and who will be a future success.

A co-branded promotion for Britney Spears's new single "Pretty Girls" was a smash hit for Uber this year.  #brandsandban...
05/07/2015

A co-branded promotion for Britney Spears's new single "Pretty Girls" was a smash hit for Uber this year. #brandsandbands

Country crossover megastars Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" is the first album to be released on famed menswear designe...
05/01/2015
Jekyll + Hyde: Zac Brown Band Releases First Album With John Varvatos Records

Country crossover megastars Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde" is the first album to be released on famed menswear designer John Varvatos's new record label. #Bandsandbrands

Brands and bands get even more intimate with the latest record from the Zac Brown Band. This week saw the release of the Zac Brown Band’s fourth studio album in strategic partnership with Brown’s own Southern Ground Artists, Big Machine Records, Republic Records, and the newly formed John Varvatos R…

The X Ambassadors collaborated with Jeep to promote "Renegade", both the SUV and the hit song. #bandsandbrands
04/29/2015

The X Ambassadors collaborated with Jeep to promote "Renegade", both the SUV and the hit song. #bandsandbrands

Some big news for artists and the music biz at large from social media behemoth Instagram today. Check it out on Billboa...
04/29/2015
Instagram Debuts @Music, Its First Content Vertical

Some big news for artists and the music biz at large from social media behemoth Instagram today. Check it out on Billboard.

Instagram has unveiled @music, the Facebook-owned company’s first-ever content vertical and dedicated portal for highlighting artists and their activities.

We're really excited to have been named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Class of 2015 alongside so many game-changing a...
04/22/2015
How Next Big Sound Is Using Data to Help Bands and Brands

We're really excited to have been named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 Class of 2015 alongside so many game-changing and innovative entrepreneurs.

Picking hits used to be an art. These three co-founders turned it into a science.

Bob Marley's social numbers are on fire today. They are smokin'. They're really high, is what we're saying.
04/20/2015

Bob Marley's social numbers are on fire today. They are smokin'. They're really high, is what we're saying.

Adhering to a trend we have recently seen with hotel groups increasingly curating music programs,  Starwood Hotels & Res...
04/10/2015

Adhering to a trend we have recently seen with hotel groups increasingly curating music programs, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has made some strategic artist picks for its upcoming "Hear the Music, See the World" concert series.

#Brandsandbands John Legend Bastille

With recent social growth like this, Rihanna is about fourfiveseconds from catching up to reigning Twitter superstar Kat...
04/06/2015

With recent social growth like this, Rihanna is about fourfiveseconds from catching up to reigning Twitter superstar Katy Perry.

The social data doesn't lie: our research suggests that Zayn Malik was the most expendable member of OneDirection. There...
03/27/2015

The social data doesn't lie: our research suggests that Zayn Malik was the most expendable member of OneDirection. There's always business school!

Turns out a fair percentage of Will Ferrell fans do, in fact, like delicious, pre-packaged snack cakes. We smell a profi...
03/20/2015

Turns out a fair percentage of Will Ferrell fans do, in fact, like delicious, pre-packaged snack cakes. We smell a profitable (though totally involuntary) brand ambassadorship for Little Debbie.

We chatted with Sheppard about dropping their album in the U.S., touring with Meghan Trainor, brand deals, and band pran...
03/16/2015
Hot Off U.S. Album Debut, Sheppard Is Itching To Break Through

We chatted with Sheppard about dropping their album in the U.S., touring with Meghan Trainor, brand deals, and band pranks.

http://onforb.es/1GNiuHB

Sheppard are more than just a band. They are a family. Well, to be specific, the Aussie natives are comprised of three siblings and three good friends, who together are making music that is taking the world by storm. Having already gone 5x platinum with their hit single “Geronimo” in Australia, [...…

How'd they get in this position? A catchy single with an adorable music video collaboration (and a dusting of that Justi...
03/13/2015

How'd they get in this position? A catchy single with an adorable music video collaboration (and a dusting of that Justin Bieber social media magic) has resulted in skyrocketing Twitter mentions for Tom Hanks and Carly Rae Jepsen.

With a score of 40% and rising on the Next Big Sound Billboard 200 chart, 2015 just might be the year of James Bay. His ...
02/25/2015
Here's Why You Should Be Paying Attention To James Bay

With a score of 40% and rising on the Next Big Sound Billboard 200 chart, 2015 just might be the year of James Bay. His debut full-length album 'Chaos and the Calm' drops this March.

http://onforb.es/1wdyYD2

James Bay is a well-spoken and thoughtful young man. While it would be easy to get caught up in the trappings of everything that is going on with his own career – awards, press, world travel, sold-out tours – Bay is reflective about the hard work and good fortune it [...]

Everything has been awesome on social media for Tegan and Sara and LEGO since their collaboration at the 2015 Academy Aw...
02/24/2015

Everything has been awesome on social media for Tegan and Sara and LEGO since their collaboration at the 2015 Academy Awards. #Bandsandbrands https://www.nextbigsound.com/brands

Fetty Wap's recent ADIDAS collaboration, smash hit "Trap Queen" and strong score of 31 on the NBS Billboard 200 chart in...
02/18/2015

Fetty Wap's recent ADIDAS collaboration, smash hit "Trap Queen" and strong score of 31 on the NBS Billboard 200 chart indicate he just might be a future chart king. #bandsandbrands nxt.bg/bb200

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