Shazam Tags Future Music Stars

Mobile discovery service Shazam has revealed its predictions for the music acts most likely to succeed in 2011, based on the tagging behaviour of the millions of people who use the service to identify the latest and even pre-released music in clubs, bars, restaurants and shops as well as on the radio and TV.

More than 3m tracks are ‘Shazamed’ every day, and the app’s reach across more than 200 countries gives an indication of potential global success for the chosen artists. 

The emerging UK acts chosen by Shazamers most likely to succeed are: Nero, Clare Maguire, Jessie J, James Blake and The Vaccines. In the US, it’s Jay Electronica, MNDR, J Cole, CyHi Da Prynce, and Wiz Khalifa. 

“The listening and buying public is the ultimate tastemaker, and Shazamers have once again picked out some brilliant acts to watch in 2011,” says Shazam’s music & content director, Will Mills. “Shazamers have had a great track record of choosing the breakout acts over the past three years, including highlighting Ellie Goulding and Nicki Minaj in 2010, Lady Gaga and Florence + The Machine in 2009, and The Ting Tings and Duffy in 2008. So this is one set of predictions people really need to take notice of.”

As well as its predictions for the year ahead, Shazam compiles weekly pre-release Tag Charts which are recognised in the industry as an accurate barometer of future hit records.  It also makes weekly Tag Charts available to users of its app from around the world and publishes a daily blog to keep people up-to-date with the latest in music trends. 

The Shazam app is available on iTunes, Android Market, the Ovi Store, BlackBerry App World, Samsung App Store and Windows Phone Marketplace.