Next Big Sound is a music analytics website. Its tagline is “actionable intelligence for the music industry,” and measures the growth and popularity of bands across the major web properties.
With NBS, users track mentions of their favorite bands and musical artists across a variety of major music websites: music plays on Last.fm and MySpace, fans on Facebook, iLike, Last.fm, MySpace and Twitter, band page views on MySpace, and band page comments on MySpace. NBS calculates and graphs each of these statistics over time and compares the data to that of other similar bands. The site has been tracking this data since June 2009 for over 486,000 bands, including Jason Mraz, Lady Gaga and Chester French. In addition, users can subscribe to weekly email updates discussing popularity trends for their favorite bands. NBS is a tool for music industry professionals, bands or anyone interested in tracking how millions of fans interact with music online every day. Its goal is to help bands better understand and increase their online audience.