Thursday, December 11, 2014

Avicii Is Most-Shamzamed Artist

Electronic dance music performer Avicii may be the artist who most frequently inspires people to say, "OMG I love this song, who is it?!" according to new data released Wednesday by Shazam.

The popular music app, available on smartphones and computers, lets people identify music based on what it sounds like -- if you're in a bar and something you like comes on the speaker, you can activate the app, and it'll tell you what's playing.

The Huffington Post notes Beyonce, Apple's artist of the year and reigning Queen of America, was nowhere to be found on the list Shazam provided, which covers 82 songs that have each been Shazamed at least 5 million times. Taylor Swift was far down the list at number 71. It's unclear what their relatively low positions might mean -- perhaps it's that their music is more likely to be recognized, and thus not Shazamed, than the likes of Avicii and Robin Thicke.

Here are the 10 most Shazamed tracks of all time for you to peruse. You can see the play number of Shazams in parentheses.

1. Avicii - Wake Me Up (19 million +)
2. Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell - Blurred Lines (18 million +)
3. Gotye Feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know (16 million +)
4. Passenger - Let Her Go (15 million +)
5. Clean Bandit Feat. Jess Glynne - Rather Be (14 million +)
6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz - Thrift Shop (14 million +)
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us (12 million +)
8. OneRepublic - Counting Stars (11 million +)
9. P!nk Feat. Nate Ruess - Just Give Me A Reason (11 million +)
10. Daft Punk Feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky (11 million +)

Shazam also announced an app overhaul that will give users "personalized music news," along with updates about what's trending among friends that use the app. Users will also be able to make playlists if they also subscribe to compatible streaming apps like Rdio and Spotify.

CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones says, “From the start, Slacker has been about the power of great radio, blending the best of human-curated programming with trusted voices and the ability to personalize your experience. Radio has always been important to audiences, but its personality got lost to corporate consolidation and an inability to keep up with the technology that listeners demand. Slacker is radio for the post social media and time-shifting entertainment era. Our next natural evolution is to broaden and dial up the authentic human touch by inviting more and more relevant, creative and celebrated voices to Slacker. We are bringing the next wave of talent to audiences through a truly interactive streaming platform.”

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