Apple and Shazam team up for a new music discovery chart

Apple’s purchase of song identification tool Shazam has resulted in a new global chart ranking what people are searching for using the app.

The Shazam Discover Top 50 takes a look at “up-and-coming songs from breaking artists” with app query data from eleven countries: Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Russia. New countries will be added soon.

To be clear, this isn’t a list of the most 50 popular tracks on Shazam. Apple explains it this way.

“The ranked songs are all at different points in their individual lifecycle and the majority of artists represented are emerging and up-and-coming.”

“All are experiencing a level of momentum indicative of future potential of hitting the top of Shazam’s Charts, and show any or all of the following patterns: moving quickly through Shazam’s charts, growing rapidly, steadily and/or geographically.”

In other words, the data could point to these songs becoming hits.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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