Which Bands Will Blow Up In 2013? Shazam Has Some Predictions

Posted November 30

I recently asked Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren which tech innovation he’s glad didn’t catch on in 2012. His answer? “Software that can predict a hit song.” Well, in Shazam‘s opinion, that technology already exists. Today, the mobile music identification service is out with its top-tagged songs of 2012, along with its predictions for 2013′s breakout bands.

First things first — which bands peaked the populace’s curiosity in 2012? The top-tag honor goes to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” with nearly 15 million tags worldwide. That jam was also the most-listened-to track on Spotify this year. Next up is Fun.’s “We Are Young,” with 8.1 million tags, followed by David Guetta’s “Titanium,” with 5.8 million tags. The rest of the list includes popular jams like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” Rihanna was also the most-tagged artist on Shazam.

The most interesting addition to the list, though, is undoubtedly Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” with 4.9 million tags — otherwise known as “that song from the Internet Explorer 9 commercial.” Before the commercial hit, Clare had been dropped from his label and was selling real estate in Israel. Now, he’s a Billboard Hot 100 hit. Apparently, Clare credits part of that success to Shazam — as well as Microsoft — since the technology allowed myriad folks to identify his song when the commercial came on the air.

So who will be the Gotyes and Alex Clares of 2013? According to the music team, they have “analyzed internet hype and other publicly available information about breaking artists, then compared against Shazam’s data” to compile a list that comprises: rapper French Montana, writer/producer Bei Maejor, London band Aluna George, Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$, rapper and Simon Cowell favorite Becky G, rapper Angel Haze, pop band Rhye, rapper Tito Lopez, producer Baauer, and sister act Haim.

According to Shazam, last year the service predicted the success of Lana Del Ray, A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean — as well as Michael Kiwanuka (whose rise we also forecasted via the MTV Music Meter).

What do you think of Shazam’s predictions?

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