Symbian Authors: Jack Newton, Kevin Benedict, Matthew Lobas, Shelly Palmer, RealWire News Distribution

News Feed Item

Shazam Announces 2013 Predictions - Including French Montana, Bei Maejor and Aluna George

Shazam®, the world’s leading media engagement company, today released its predictions of the artists it thinks will break big during 2013, with French Montana, Bei Maejor and Aluna George leading the list. It also listed the most-tagged songs of 2012, including Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” and “We Are Young” by Fun., which received nearly 15 million and 8 million tags, respectively. Rihanna and Gotye topped the list for most-tagged artists.

Alex Clare is one of this year's stand-out artists whose popularity was driven by TV advertising. In ...

Alex Clare is one of this year's stand-out artists whose popularity was driven by TV advertising. In fact, prior to Microsoft using the song in its Internet Explorer 9 campaign, his single was not discovered by many fans. Fast forward to March and the first IE9 commercials: tagging activity jumps from about ten a day to tens of thousands in a single day as interest in and demand for the track grew, leading to airplay and success in the Billboard and iTunes charts, which is why he credits Shazam and Microsoft for his popularity. (Graphic: Business Wire)

2013 New Artists to Watch

The Shazam music team analyzed internet hype and other publicly available information about breaking artists, then compared against Shazam’s data to indicate which acts are trending with fans. Shazam predicts that the artists expected to make headlines in 2013 are:

  • French Montana – an American Moroccan rapper, his collaboration with Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, “Pop That”, was one of the breakthrough singles of 2012.
  • Bei Maejor – after finding success as a writer and producer with Trey Songz and Justin Bieber, he now looks to break big in 2013 with new solo material.
  • Aluna George – comprised of Aluna Francis and George Reid, this London band has been turning heads with their R&B-infused electronic sound.
  • Joey Bada$$ - only in the game a year, this young Brooklyn rapper is already gaining attention with his 90’s- style hip-hop.
  • Becky G – with Simon Cowell and will.i.am as fans, she already has two strong advocates in the pop world.
  • Angel Haze – perhaps the most exciting female rap star since Nicki Minaj, Angel Haze has racked up huge tags on her single, “New York.
  • Rhye – this mysterious duo produce startlingly original soul-drenched pop music.
  • Tito Lopez – this Mississippi-born rapper has been signed to Capitol and has been gaining notable tagging numbers stateside.
  • Baauer – this American producer makes bass-heavy dance music that smashes together the worlds of dubstep and hardcore hip-hop.
  • Haim – these three LA sisters sound like a cross between Stevie Nicks and En Vogue.

These acts will be releasing albums in the New Year. Highlights from the predictions for 2012 include Lana Del Ray, A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean, all of whom made it to the Billboard Hot 100, with Lana Del Ray’s album “Born to Die” reaching to number two and selling more than two million albums worldwide. Additionally, another prediction by Shazam last year was newcomer Michael Kiwanuka, who was nominated for a Mercury Prize for his album “Home Again”.

Year in Review – Number of Artists with More than One Million Tags Triples

Shazam’s Top-Tagged Songs

You can’t talk about 2012 without mentioning the juggernaut that was Gotye’s song “Somebody I Used to Know”. Tagged nearly 15 million times, it set new records at Shazam and around the world. And that’s not the only song to receive millions of tags – in fact, this year, Shazam saw a total of 130 songs receive more than one million tags in the worldwide charts, three times the number hitting that mark in 2011.

The top-tagged songs are:

#   World   US   UK

Gotye (featuring Kimbra), “Somebody That I Used to Know” (14.9M tags)



Gotye (featuring Kimbra), “Somebody That I Used to Know


Gotye (featuring Kimbra), “Somebody That I Used to Know


Fun. (featuring Janelle Monae), “We Are Young” (8.1M tags)


Fun. (featuring Janelle Monae), “We Are Young


Fun. (featuring Janelle Monae), “We Are Young


David Guetta (featuring Sia), “Titanium” (5.8M tags)


Ellie Goulding, “Lights


Alex Clare, “Too Close


Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe” (5.7M tags)


Alex Clare, “Too Close


Rudimental (featuring John Newman) “Feel the Love


Flo Rida, “Good Feeling” (5.1M tags)


The Wanted, “Glad You Came


David Guetta (featuring Sia), “Titanium


Rihanna (featuring Calvin Harris), “We Found Love” (4.9M tags)


Fun. (featuring Janelle Monae), “Some Nights


Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe


Alex Clare, “Too Close” (4.9M tags)


David Guetta (featuring Sia), “Titanium


Flo Rida, “Good Feeling


Train, “Drive By” (4.3M tags)


Flo Rida, “Good Feeling


Alyssa Reid (featuring Jump Smokers) “Alone Again


Flo Rida (featuring Sia), “Wild Ones” (4.2M tags)


Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe


Lloyd (featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne) “Dedication to My Ex


Ellie Goulding, “Lights” (4.2M tags)


Flo Rida (featuring Sia), “Wild Ones


Sam and the Womp “Bom Bom


Shazam’s Top Tagged Artists

Rihanna takes the crown for the most-tagged artist, with “We Found Love” and “Talk That Talk” and other hits earning her 15 million tags over the last 12 months. Other top tagged artists are:

#   World   US   UK
1   Rihanna (15.1M tags)   Rihanna   Gotye
2   Gotye (14.5M tags)   Gotye   Rihanna
3   David Guetta (13.7M tags)   Fun.   Fun.
4   Adele (12.1M tags)   Adele   Flo Rida
5   Maroon 5 (9.9M tags)   Flo Rida   Alex Clare
6   Flo Rida (9.8M tags)   Ellie Goulding   David Guetta
7   Pitbull (7.9M tags)   Katy Perry   Emeli Sande
8   Fun. (7.8M tags)   Alex Clare   Rudimental
9   Katy Perry (7.7M tags)   Train   Nicki Minaj
10   Train (6.6M tags)   Nicki Minaj   Ed Sheeran

Complete lists of top tagged tracks and artists can be found here.

Songs with Tagging Driven by Television

Alex Clare is one of this year’s stand-out artists whose popularity was driven by TV advertising. In fact, prior to Microsoft using the song in its Internet Explorer 9 campaign, his single was not discovered by many fans. Fast forward to March and the first IE9 commercials: tagging activity jumps from about ten a day to tens of thousands in a single day as interest in and demand for the track grew, leading to airplay and success in the Billboard and iTunes charts, which is why he credits Shazam and Microsoft for his popularity.

Other songs with tagging driven by inclusion in television shows and advertising include:

Shazam Charts and the Music Industry

Shazam tag charts provide reliable data that gives the industry insight into which acts and tracks resonate with consumers. The 2012 report includes annual charts for the world, Europe, UK and USA as well as sub-genre charts for independent dance music and hip-hop which bring quantifiable data to a market which is difficult to track using traditional charts due to non-traditional distribution. For instance, mix tapes usually include songs that haven’t been formally released yet, but since artists want to gauge response, they will make sure the tracks are loaded in the Shazam database early. Two such tracks were Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin’” and Juicy J’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance”, both of which received 200 thousand tags on Shazam before they were listed in iTunes.

“Information – particularly data about the music that people are tagging because they like it find it interesting – is now more important than ever before. The tagging data that Shazam provides labels helps them to understand their target audience so that they can more effectively decide where to put their marketing efforts,” said Will Mills, Shazam’s Director of Music and Content. “Up to 85% of the songs that get to number one Shazam’s Tag Charts go on to break nationally, making it one of the most accurate predictive measures for success and a key driver for Shazam of more than $300 million in digital music sales through our partners.

For complete US, UK and world charts, as well as TV and Advertising charts, visit the Shazamers.com blog. Additional information includes Shazam’s Subgenre charts for Hip Hop and Independent Dance.

About Shazam

Shazam is the world’s leading media engagement company with more than 250 million people in 200 countries and adding another 2 million new users each week. With the industry’s unlimited fastest tagging in the Free and premium Encore Apps on iOS and Android devices, Shazam is the best way for people to discover, explore, buy, and share more music, TV shows and branded content they love.

Shazam makes it easy for people to share their discoveries with their friends on Facebook using the Shazam Friends feature, as well as on Twitter and Google+. For people who don't yet have the Shazam application on their smartphone, it is available for FREE on every major platform and can be found on iTunes App StoreGoogle playAmazon App Store, AT&T’s AppCenterVerizon VCast app storeNokia StoreWindows Phone MarketplaceBlackBerry App World, and GetJar..

For further information about Shazam Entertainment visit www.shazam.com and @ShazamNews or follow us on Facebook. For daily music updates follow the Shazam Blog and @Shazam.

Shazam Media enquiries: [email protected]

The Shazam, Shazam Encore, LyricPlay, Shazam for TV names and icons are trademarks of Shazam Entertainment Limited.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Although it has gained significant traction in the consumer space, IoT is still in the early stages of adoption in enterprises environments. However, many companies are working on initiatives like Industry 4.0 that includes IoT as one of the key disruptive technologies expected to reshape businesses of tomorrow. The key challenges will be availability, robustness and reliability of networks that connect devices in a business environment. Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is expected to...
OnProcess Technology has announced it will be a featured speaker at @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1 - 3, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. Dan Gettens, OnProcess’ Chief Analytics Officer, will discuss how Internet of Things (IoT) data can be leveraged to predict product failures, improve uptime and slash costly inventory stock. @ThingsExpo is an annual gathering of IoT and cloud developers, practitioners and thought-leaders who exchange ideas and insights on topics ranging from Big Data in...
Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of (at least) three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the back-end service, and the mobile application for the end user’s controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target –...
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

SYS-CON Events announced today that CDS Global Cloud, an Infrastructure as a Service provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CDS Global Cloud is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider specializing in solutions for e-commerce, internet gaming, online education and other internet applications. With a growing number of data centers and network points around the world, ...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Big Data has been changing the world. IoT fuels the further transformation recently. How are Big Data and IoT related? In his session at @BigDataExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will explore the interplay of Big Data and IoT. He will anatomize Big Data and IoT separately in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. He will then analyze the relationship between IoT and Big Data, specifically the drilldown of how the 4Vs of Big Data (Volume, Variety,...
From wearable activity trackers to fantasy e-sports, data and technology are transforming the way athletes train for the game and fans engage with their teams. In his session at @ThingsExpo, will present key data findings from leading sports organizations San Francisco 49ers, Orlando Magic NBA team. By utilizing data analytics these sports orgs have recognized new revenue streams, doubled its fan base and streamlined costs at its stadiums. John Paul is the CEO and Founder of VenueNext. Prior ...
Ask someone to architect an Internet of Things (IoT) solution and you are guaranteed to see a reference to the cloud. This would lead you to believe that IoT requires the cloud to exist. However, there are many IoT use cases where the cloud is not feasible or desirable. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation, will discuss the strategies that exist to extend intelligence directly to IoT devices and sensors, freeing them from the constraints of ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Embotics, the cloud automation company, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Embotics is the cloud automation company for IT organizations and service providers that need to improve provisioning or enable self-service capabilities. With a relentless focus on delivering a premier user experience and unmatched customer support, Embotics is the fas...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, will discuss how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team a...
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), sponsor of the IoTivity open source project, and AllSeen Alliance, which provides the AllJoyn® open source IoT framework, today announced that the two organizations’ boards have approved a merger under the OCF name and bylaws. This merger will advance interoperability between connected devices from both groups, enabling the full operating potential of IoT and representing a significant step towards a connected ecosystem.
What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle’s head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the ...
What are the successful IoT innovations from emerging markets? What are the unique challenges and opportunities from these markets? How did the constraints in connectivity among others lead to groundbreaking insights? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Carmen Feliciano, a Principal at AMDG, will answer all these questions and share how you can apply IoT best practices and frameworks from the emerging markets to your own business.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...