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This article was published on September 9, 2015

Are you a trend spotter? Spotify’s ‘Found Them First’ app gives you the bragging rights

Are you a trend spotter? Spotify’s ‘Found Them First’ app gives you the bragging rights
Amanda Connolly
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Amanda Connolly is a reporter for The Next Web, currently based in London. Originally from Ireland, Amanda previously worked in press and ed Amanda Connolly is a reporter for The Next Web, currently based in London. Originally from Ireland, Amanda previously worked in press and editorial at the Web Summit. She’s interested in all things tech, with a particular fondness for lifestyle and creative tech and the spaces where these intersect. Twitter

We all have those music fanatic friends who always say they were listening to a band before the band even existed. Well, if that’s you, or you’d like to join in on the bragging, Spotify’s new ‘Found Them First‘ Web app is what you need.

All you have to do is log in using your Spotify account details and it crunches your data to find the artists you were listening to before they made it big.

Naturally, I was among the first 3% and 5% of listeners for Irish artists Kodaline and Hozier, who were both quite well-known and established in Ireland before venturing further afield.

Spotify defines the artists included as “breakout” if they have had more than 20 million streams and a streaming growth rate of 2,000% between January 2013 and June 2015. You will need to have been among the first 1-15% of listeners to be determined as an early fan.

As well as delighting music snobs, the new Web app shows off Spotify’s data-mining skills and how this could be used for marketing artists by being able to see the people who were actually influencing a particular band or musicians growth from the early days.

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