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Published on September 5th, 2016 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Pandora’s ‘Next Big Sound’ chart drops predictions on who’s next to blow


Pandora’s analytic arm Next Big Sound (@nextbigsound), is by far the hottest analytic tool for labels, artist, distributors AND media on the lookout for the next big item in music. Artists appear on the Pandora Predictions Chart based on their likelihood of success, as measured by their patented predictive algorithm. This score, developed by Next Big Sound, is determined by activity across all major social music sites.

Who’s most likely to break out soon according to Pandora’s Next Big Sound predictions?

Sep 2, 2016
01. YUNG LEAN + 0 WK 22
02. Dua Lipa + 0 WK 24
03. Christine And The Queens + 0 WK 21
04. That Poppy + 2 WK 4
05. Forever In Your Mind + 0 WK 7
06. Kali Uchis + 2 WK 21
07. Denzel Curry NEW WK 1
08. Shura – 1 WK 14
09. Pro Era + 0 WK 6
10. Jamie T WK 5
11. Noname NEW WK 1
12. Chase Holfelder – 1 WK 2
13. Lil Key – 3 WK 4
14. Mitski + 1 WK 6
15. Izzy Bizu WK 2
16. vulfpeck NEW WK 1
17. Joyner Lucas NEW WK 1
18. Nao – 6 WK 4
19. Macy Kate WK 2
20. Ella Eyre – 1 WK 19

Who’s NEW on the chart?

Coming in at #11, Noname makes her debut appearance on the predictions chart more on this artist below:


This Chicago rapper/poet is headed for the hip-hop spotlight, despite the unassuming moniker. It’s been three years since the artist born Fatimah Warner — then still performing as Noname Gypsy — first piqued our interest when she showed off her agile flow on Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rap” track Lost. Now, one month after dropping her debut mixtape, “Telefone,” she’s seen a spike in activity on social media, with week-on-week increases of +29.1% Facebook Page Likes, +354.8% Facebook Talking About This, and +51.5% Instagram Comments. Between her debut at #11 on the Pandora Predictions chart and Brooklyn rapper Young M.A.’s reign at #1 on the Trendsetters chart, it might just be the time that female rappers are getting their due attention.

Showing up at #16 in their predictions chart debut is vulfpeck. Who are they?


Though the Ann Arbor funk band has been churning out their unique brand of feel-good funk since 2011, they’ve recently seen an uptick in activity since announcing a new album coming October 17th. Considering they’re asking fans to help fund it on Kickstarter, we’re assuming their marketing strategy will be nothing like “Sleepify.” Compared to last week, they’ve seen a +119.5% increase in Twitter Mentions, as well as an +18.1% increase in Facebook Talking About This.

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