Next Big Sound

  1. One Direction's 'You & I' Video Returns Group to Top 10 on Social 50

    April 24, 2014 6:28 PM EDT After a nine-week absence from the top 10 on the Social 50 chart, One Direction returns to the region, vaulting 14-8 after the debut of their video for "You & I" on April 18. The nine-week vacation from the region was the group' ...

  2. Data, Spotify and Discovery: Jason Flom, Julia Willinger, Michelle Klein and More Talk Turkey at Social Media Week

    February 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST As streaming music services and social media tools continue to evolve, the music industry is keeping a close eye on the new media’s metrics -- while making sure that quality music remains a priority. This was the overarching theme of "The F ...

  3. Bob Marley's Birthday Sends Reggae Legend Up Social 50 Chart

    February 13, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fans celebrating Bob Marley's birthday send the reggae legend flying up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. Marley's birthday, February 6, was marked by the social awareness campaign #BobMarleyWeek. In turn, Marley zips 35-14 on ...

  4. Daft Punk, Pharrell Rise on Billboard's Social 50 Chart Post-Grammys

    February 06, 2014 7:43 PM EST It’s all about Daft Punk on the Social 50 this week. The French electronic duo and collaborator Pharrell scale the Social 50 thanks to their wins and performance at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouT ...

  5. Next Big Sound's 'Year in Rewind' Shows a Skewed Digital Landscape

    January 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST Next Big Sound, the music online analytics company that powers the Billboard Social 50 chart and more recently Spotify’s artist analytics platform, has released their "State of the Industry 2013" report. Akin to their State of Online Mus ...

  6. How Shakira and Rihanna's Social Networks Reacted to Single Rollout: Social 50

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Even though Rihanna is the featured act on Shakira’s new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," the former’s online fan base reacted much stronger to the tune’s announcement, as measured by Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Soc ...

  7. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ...

  8. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  9. Spotify Teams with Next Big Sound For Spotify Artists Platform

    December 06, 2013 3:10 AM EST Spotify has announced a new information-rich destination, Spotify Artists. The digital music service says the new offering is dedicated to not only helping artists better understand how they are compensated, but to provide them with contextual dat ...

  10. La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho Storms Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2013 5:05 PM EST La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho, an iconic regional Mexican band, debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week at No. 20 due to a spike in online activity centered around three high-profile concert dates. The Social 50 ranks ...

  11. Lorde Leaps Up Social 50 Chart

    November 14, 2013 7:53 PM EST Lorde reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart (rising 20-11) after her debut album, "Pure Heroine," was released in Europe on Oct. 28. (The set’s European bow came a month after its U.S. release on Sept. 30.)   The Social 50 ranks th ...

  12. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, ...

  13. Kelly Clarkson's Wedding, 'Wrapped in Red' Album Spur Social 50 Chart Gain

    October 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Getting married can do wonders for your social life. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot on Oct. 20 and, in turn, hits a new high on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  14. Latin Stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Two Latin stars make their respective debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week: Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Ins ...

  15. Lorde's 'Royal' Reign Spurs Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 03, 2013 7:40 PM EDT In the same week Lorde rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash single "Royals," she also debuts on the Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wiki ...

  16. Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart

    September 26, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Bob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into th ...

  17. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace ...

  18. Michael Jackson's New Instagram Account Causes Surge on Social 50 Chart

    September 05, 2013 9:57 PM EDT The late Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13) following online activity around his birthday (Aug. 29) and the launch of his Instagram account. Paul McCartney, Prince, Robert Plant: Why Veteran Musi ...

  19. Justin Timberlake Rises on Social 50 Chart, Post-VMAs

    August 29, 2013 4:09 PM EDT Justin Timberlake climbs the 10-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, following his lengthy August 25 performance on the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). On the show, he performed a 12-song medley that included a brief reunion with his & ...

  20. Beyonce's Short Haircut Yields Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 15, 2013 8:31 PM EDT After a three-week hiatus from the Social 50’s top 10, Beyonce bounds 26-6 all thanks to a simple haircut.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The char ...

  21. Demi Lovato Hits Social 50 Chart High

    July 26, 2013 9:15 AM EDT Demi Lovato makes a 15 position leap to No. 2 on the Social 50 chart, prompted by the release of the official Vevo video on July 17 for her new single "Made in the USA." The title garnered 8.8 million worldwide views during the chart ...

  22. Bob Marley Hits Top 10 on Social 50 Chart For First Time

    July 19, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Bob Marley breaks into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart for the first time. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodolog ...

  23. The Conan Bump: Quantifying Late Night Talk Show Sales & Social Numbers

    March 18, 2013 3:41 PM EDT This article originally appeared in the March 23rd issue of Billboard Magazine -- subscribe right here ! On the heels of his ratings-topping appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Justin Timberlake chose to extend his run on the late-night T ...

  24. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  25. Business Matters: Looking for a New Kind of Record Label? Here's DigSin ...

    January 30, 2012 5:43 PM EST Looking for a New Kind of Label? Here's DigSin ... -- DigSin -- a free, singles-only label founded in 2011 by Jay Frank, author and most recently SVP Music Strategy at Country Music Television -- has released its first song, " DRNK TXTNG ...

  26. Next Big Sound Raises $6.5 Million

    January 03, 2012 9:49 PM EST Music analytics company Next Big Sound announced Tuesday it has raised $6.5 million in a Series A funding round led by IA Ventures and Foundry Group. The Boulder, Colorado-based company also announced the opening of an office in New York City. Lau ...

  27. INgrooves Makes Updates to Its Client Console

    December 13, 2011 8:30 AM EST Digital distributor INgrooves has made some upgrades to the client console used by its label partners. The additions help its clients keep up with the dynamic digital music market, explains CEO and founder Robb McDaniels in a statement. "Deve ...

  28. Nicki Minaj Shoots Up To Social 50's Top 10 Following Wardrobe Malfunction

    August 11, 2011 3:43 PM EDT A wardrobe malfunction on "Good Morning America" gives Nicki Minaj a boost up to the top 10 on the Social 50. The singer slipped out of her top while performing on ABC's morning talker on Aug. 5, and in turn, the resulting media fre ...

  29. Amy Winehouse Singles: 1,800% Sales Gain Projected for This Week's Chart

    July 25, 2011 5:04 PM EDT In the wake of Amy Winehouse's death on Saturday, the singer's breakthrough album, "Back to Black," as well as a number of her singles, are staging a return to the Billboard charts this week. Amy Winehouse's 'Back to ...

  30. Top of the Charts in 2015: SXSW Panel Predicts Changes in Fame Game

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT The traditional path to fame for musicians is rapidly changing course--while major label marketing machines for sales and airplay are still moving artists to the top of the charts, technology and tools like social networking, YouTube and streaming ...

  31. MIDEM Diary Day 1: Somewhere Over The Atlantic

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST Boarding the flight from NYC to Nice was like walking into a networking reception. Virtually every seat on the plane was filled by music industry personnel. MIDEM may take place in Cannes. But it sure doesn't start there. As I sat down I imme ...

  32. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  33. Business Matters: Smartphone Forecast For 2014, Google, IODA and more

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WHAT THE SMARTPHONE MARKET WILL LOOK LIKE IN 2014 -- Apple is making a few moves to help app developers. First, it has decided to lift restrictions that prevented developers from using third-party tools to rewrite the code from another platform. T ...

  34. Business Matters: UMG Pricing, Pandora, SXSW Winners and More

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Not all record store owners are going to be happy about Universal Music Video and Distribution 's new pricing scheme. Andy Schneidkraut, owner of Albums on the Hill in Boulder, Colorado is in the opposition. "They're suggesting I ...

  35. The Opposite of Crowdsourcing: Hello Music Launches

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hello Music, a new online music venture that seeks greater awareness for undiscovered artists, announced it raised $4 million in funding from KVG Partners. The site, at hellomusic.com , launched on Friday. The company was created by Wilshire Media ...