Shazam’s Most Tagged Songs 2012

2012-11-30 11:08:33

Today Shazam can announce its annual report of most tagged songs for 2012. Leading this year’s list is Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” and “We Are Young” by Fun., which received nearly 15 million and 8 million tags, respectively.  Rihanna and Gotye topped the list for most-tagged artists. 

Shazam tag charts provide reliable data that gives the industry insight into which acts and tracks resonate with consumers.  The 2012 report includes annual charts for the world, Europe, UK and USA as well as sub-genre charts for independent dance music and hip-hop which bring quantifiable data to a market which is difficult to track using traditional charts due to non-traditional distribution.  For instance, mix tapes usually include songs that haven’t been formally released yet, but since artists want to gauge response, they will make sure the tracks are loaded in the Shazam database early.  Two such tracks were Rick Ross’s “Stay Schemin’” and Juicy J’s “Bandz a Make Her Dance”, both of which received 200 thousand tags on Shazam before they were listed in iTunes.  

You can find the full report here.

Shazam has also highlighted songs with tagging driven by Television. Leading the way is Alex Clare whose track ‘Too Close’ jumped from about ten a day to tens of thousands in a single day as interest in and demand after being used in the advert for Microsoft IE9.

AUTHOR: Stephen Titmus


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