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Next Big Sound opens up its Pandora data on artists

Music-streaming service Pandora's analytics division Next Big Sound is opening up its data, in an effort to give Pandora metrics a higher profile within the music industry. Until now, artists, managers and labels could...
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Pandora’s three new charts

You stand around waiting for a new digital music chart and then three show up at once. In this case, all three are from Pandora and are designed to show what tracks are bubbling up and what tracks are getting played the most.
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Brand Aid Part 1 – Sandbox 159

Brand partnerships used to be straightforward for musicians. But with the steady march of digital, these deals can include anything from app sponsorship to VR. Over the next two sandboxes, we will examine where brand partnerships...
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Sandbox 159 – Brand Aid

Lead: In this issue of Sandbox and the following one, we look at the ways in which brand partnerships have evolved in response to digital and how they now straddle everything from app sponsorship to VR. In the opening part,...
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How can startups and music corporations be better partners? (#midem)

How is cooperation and competition between startups and big corporations in the music industry evolving? That was the topic for a panel session at the Midem conference this afternoon. The panel comprised Mark Piibe, EVP...
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Next Big Sound loses its data feed from SoundCloud

One of the headlines from Next Big Sound's Summer 2015 report was the growth of SoundCloud, with the music analytics firm claiming that monthly plays on the streaming service had nearly doubled from 2.5bn in June 2014 to...
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Next Big Sound tracked a trillion music streams in first half of 2015

Music analytics firm Next Big Sound may have been acquired by Pandora, but for now that hasn’t put the company off its habit of aggregating stats and then publishing them for the wider industry to pore over. For example,...
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Pandora to buy music analytics firm Next Big Sound

Streaming music service Pandora is buying music analytics firm Next Big Sound, for an undisclosed sum. The personal-radio firm announced plans for the acquisition this afternoon. "The deal marks the latest step in Pandora’s...
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Next Big Sound shakes up its profile page

Analytics firm Next Big Sound has announced a redesign of its profile page for creators, with what it says is a “dramatically simplified” design, with more data on view rather than buried behind dropdown menus. But there...
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Next Big Sound moves into books

Online music analytics company Next Big Sound is expanding its focus to the written word with the creation of Next Big Book. It has also partnered with book publisher Macmillan, something that has been developed over the...
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Warp warns of expensive music analytics, and looks to non-music solutions

Companies like Musicmetric and Next Big Sound have built businesses based of making sense of large amounts of streaming and social data for music industry clients. But are they too expensive? “We found that some of...
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Gracenote teams up with Next Big Sound for Rhythm music recommendations

Early this year, we reported on Gracenote's plans to launch Rhythm, a music recommendations API for internet radio that'll be going head to head with The Echo Nest (Bulletin, 3-Jan-14).