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04.13.2012

Last.fm Scrobbling Data Determines Coachella and Lollapalooza’s Most Anticipated Acts


 

Last.fm Festivals App Helps You Chart Your Way to The Perfect Festival Line Up

 

NEW YORK, NY – April 13, 2012 – In anticipation of this weekend’s Coachella festival and Wednesday’s rollout of Lollapalooza’s line-up, global music discovery service Last.fm, has delved into its global scrobbling data to determine how the headliners stack up and the fastest rising up-and-coming acts for each festival.

 

Coachella’s main headliners are Radiohead, The Black Keys, and Dr. Dre. Of the three, Radiohead leads with more than 329 million total plays and 3.7 million total global listeners, followed by The Black Keys, whose listeners have grown by almost double since the release of El Camino last December, with 53 million plays and 1.1 million listeners. Dr. Dre comes in third for overall plays with 22.6 million but second in listeners with 1.6 million.

 

On a weekly basis, The Black Keys are the only headliner to be trending up on their way into Coachella Valley:

 

For the up-and-coming acts, some of the fastest-rising bands on Coachella’s line-up include Swedish electropop band Miike Snow, with more than 12.9 million plays, Childish Gambino (who plays Troy Barnes on the NBC series Community) with 6.4 million plays, and 20-year old lyricist Azealia Banks with nearly 700,000 plays.

 

All three artists are trending up as they head into this weekend’s festival:

 

 

 

Festival goers trying to figure out which acts to see can tap the Last.fm Festivals iOS and Android apps to discover their ultimate festival line-up based on their listening habits. Using the Festivals App, Coachella festival-goers might discover, for example:

 

  •  If they’re a fan of electronic rockers Radiohead, they should check out Miike Snow, Oberhofer and Amon Tobin
  •  If they have a penchant for indie rockers like The Black Keys, they should head over to see Destroyer, Manchester Orchestra and Other Lives
  •  If Dr. Dre is more their speed, they should plan to check out Childish Gambino, Azealia Banks and Kendrick Lamar

 

In addition to this weekend’s Coachella kick-off, the Lollapalooza line-up has dropped and the four headliners topping this year's bill are all guitar legends: The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and Jack White.

 

Of the four headliners, The Black Keys show the biggest growth in listeners leading up to Lollapalooza, though the Red Hot Chili Peppers are on top by just a few thousand listeners per week. Jack White has the fewest active listeners, likely due to the fact that he doesn’t have an album out yet, and fans are still playing White Stripes records.

 

Overall numbers for the Red Hot Chili Peppers include more than 200 million global plays and 3.5 million listeners. Black Sabbath comes in second with more than 54 million plays and 1.7 million listeners, followed closely by The Black Keys’ 53 million plays and 1.1 million listeners, and Jack White comes in fourth with more than 843,000 plays and 178,000 listeners.

 

 

Among some of the fastest-rising artists, Childish Gambino is proving to be one of the year's fastest climbers. His listeners spiked first as his debut album Camp was released, and they've continued to return after the strength of tracks like 'Heartbeat' and 'Bonfire.'

 

Other fast-risers include, tUnE-yArDs with 2.8 million plays and The Big Pink with 3.4 million plays. Both made big impressions in 2011, but listenership has stabilized since winter. Little Dragon, with more than 7.3 million plays, has made the most of spots on Gorillaz' Plastic Beach and continues to climb.

 

 

 

About Last.fm

Founded in 2002, Last.fm is CBS Corporation’s (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) global music discovery service and is part of the CBS Interactive Music Group. Last.fm intelligently recommends users new music, personalised radio and concerts, connecting music lovers from around the globe. Last.fm’s unique 'scrobbling' technology lets users keep a record of what they listen to from over 600 music players. Last.fm harnesses 60 billion pieces of music taste information to recommend music to almost 40 million users across 12 languages in more than 200 countries. Learn more at: www.last.fm

 

About CBS Interactive Music Group

CBS Interactive Music Group is comprised of a diverse collection of leading consumer music brands including Radio.com, Last.fm, and MP3.com.  Broadcast, online and personalised products are readily accessible across a variety of digital and mobile platforms by a worldwide audience of more than 50 million unique monthly users.  Music fans can interact with material from the biggest names in the industry, as well as discover new and breaking artists, create their own listening experience and share their personal taste in music with friends and other like-minded fans.

The division also has established content partnerships with VEVO, the Web's leading premium music video and entertainment service, and Xbox Live, the popular gaming platform.  For more information, please visit
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