Shazam Ranks 2014's Most Listened To Artists & Predicts Next Year's Hitmakers
Shazam has connected with over 500 million users since it began in 1999. All across the world, music and entertainment fans alike have utilized the service in order to give a title to the tracks and shows that they wouldn't otherwise already know, and it has effectively changed the way we experience music. 2014 was a big year for EDM, and with the exploratory year it had as it entered the mainstream, Shazam has recognized the growing prevalence of the genre by artist and region.
Shazam noted that their top 10 most Shazamed artists in the US this year includes John Legend, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, OneRepublic, Disclosure, Magic!, Jason Derulo, and Nico & Vinz. They also did a report on the same matter but worldwide, which showed a lot more presence of EDM artists such as Avicii, David Guetta, Clean Bandit, and Calvin Harris.
There were also two charts on the most Shazam'ed tracks this year, with "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne being the number one Shazam'ed track of 2014. Other singles such as Robin Schulz's remix of "Prayer In C" by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Kiesza's "Hideaway" were also on the top ten list of most Shazam'ed tracks.
Amongst these lists, Shazam also made their 2015 predictions as to who will take over the scene, and it was honestly a bit surprising to see the 19th year old Oliver Heldens and his fellow future house pioneer Tchami listed on their projections. Shazam mentions, "[Oliver Heldens] is already a massive DJ and a huge draw at festivals but 2015 could see him go to the next level of dance music stardom." When talking about Tchami, they note, "this French producer is one of the few acts that have broken into the Shazam charts with only specialist radio and club playing his music.