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Shazam Launches New Global, Genre Charts With More Data to Share

Jason Derulo
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Jason Derulo

Shazam has launched 18 new global genre charts, pop, hip-hop/rap, and dance charts for 13 countries, and a country music chart in the U.S. as it continues to expand the data availability on the music recognition service.

The new global charts will showcase the following genres: alternative, country, dance, electronic, French pop, hip-hop/rap, house, K-pop, Latin, film, pop, R&B/soul, regional Mexicano, reggae/dancehall, rock, singer/songwriter, TV & stage, worldwide, and afrobeat, which is the fastest growing genre on Shazam, up 72% year-over-year.

The 13 countries that will receive their own pop, hip-hop/rap, and dance charts are Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, and The United Kingdom.

The new charts will be updated daily and will rank rolling data for the past seven days. Shazam -- which 200 million people use every month -- had a select few genre charts in the past, but the offering was limited compared to today’s rollout. The new charts are also downloadable in CSV format.

As of Wednesday, the top global pop song was Jason Derulo’s “Take You Dancing,” the dance chart was led by Pháo's "2 Phút Hơn [KAIZ Remix]" and "Mood" by 24kGoldn feat. iann dior topped Shazam's global hip-hop/rap chart.

The last major chart Shazam launched was its Discovery Top 50 chart in August 2019, which is designed to highlight music emerging on the platform and offer a “predictive view” for the industry. So far that has been successful -- Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey,” Powfu’s “death bed (coffee for your head)” feat. beabadoobee, Regard’s “Ride It” and Trevor Daniel’s “Falling” entered the Discovery Top 50 chart on average 11 weeks before reaching their peak position on Shazam’s Global Top 200 chart, and around three months prior to their streaming peaks.

The chart announcements cap off a strong year for Shazam, which increased its reach thanks in part to a deeper integration into Apple’s iPhones and iPads in iOS 14 that allows users to identify songs from their device’s control center. The service revamped its iOS app earlier this week to increase the focus on music discovery, improving the layout and making its charts available on the search page. The top genres “Shazamed” in 2020 were pop, hip-hop/rap, and dance, and a collection of the top songs by genre are below:

Pop: Dance Monkey - Tones And I
Dance: Roses (Imanbek Remix) - SAINt JHN
R&B/Soul: Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Alternative : Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi
Hip-Hop/Rap: death bed (feat. beabadoobee) [coffee for your head] - Powfu
Latin: Tusa - KAROL G & Nicki Minaj
Country: Old Town Road (Remix) - Lil Nas X Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
K-Pop: Dynamite - BTS

The new charts are now available in Shazam’s apps on iOS and Android, as well as shazam.com, which now features a beta version of the music recognition service, allowing desktop users to take advantage of Shazam for the first time.