Monday, August 2

Jango Airplay Top 10

here they are, this weeks Top 10 artists on Jango Airplay

Artist: Daniel Fries
Daniel Fríes's alluring flamenco-inspired guitar music ranges from exciting & uplifting to deep & dreamy. In addition to his solo material and studio recordings, he plays regularly with his live trio, Trio Paz.

Click to hear Daniel Fries:
Bodas De Galisteo
Artist: I Am Not Lefthanded
Fiercely independent, mostly-Irish but currently London-based, I Am Not Lefthanded are described as sounding like "Natalie Merchant fronting Death Cab for Cutie"

Click to hear I Am Not Lefthanded:
Artist: Igor Paspalj
Igor Paspalj is a metal guitarist from Bosnia & Herzegowina, and Professor of Harmony at the Academy of Arts of Banja Luka. Now a 12 year veteran of the music industry, Igor recently released his solo debut entitled "Gravity."

Click to hear Igor Paspalj:
Answer To The Master
Artist: Kevin Wood
A New Age musician from Texas, Kevin Wood trained classically in percussion and piano from the age of six. Over his last three releases that hard work paid off in album sales, critical success and being embraced by the likes of Deepak Chopra.

Click to hear Kevin Wood:
In Search Of Kindred Spirits
Artist: Jack Morgan
London-based songwriter Jack Morgan may be just 21, but his music is wise beyond its years. He recently released his first self-produced EP, "Sleep In Heavenly Peace."

Click to hear Jack Morgan:
A Paler Pearl
Artist: The Ropes
It takes a certain mindset to provide just two lines of biography. Case in point: "We are The Ropes. We want to fight you."

Click to hear The Ropes:
Clubs In Europe Forever
Artist: Emcee Composition
Born in the Bronx, and raised in Newark, Emcee Composition started in basements, making raw cuts and honing his flow. When enough people caught on, Composition decided to make music his life.

Click to hear Emcee Composition:
Knew School
Artist: Noctura
Noctura is a modern rock two piece from Indiana. They've lately earned airplay on major rock radio, and are scheduled to release their first album in 2010.

Click to hear Noctura:
My Last Goodbye
Artist: Savor
Featuring a unique blend of rock guitar and pop song structure - and fueled by a smoking percussion section - Savor creates their own style of fusion music.

Click to hear Savor:
Corriendo En Tus Suenos
Artist: Jean Hilbert
Jean Hilbert?s fascination with music began at the age of 6, and has only grown since. An accomplished songwriter and arranger, she continues to write & perform as a solo pianist, and with the group Reflections.

Click to hear Jean Hilbert:
Just Once Before I Go


Anonymous said...

So many acts we've seen before. As someone pointed out here, if popscore toppers are the bands most resonating with listeners, should we see the same ones every week?

Some repeat winners still have so few fans that they must be spinning the bare minimum of plays to make the popscore. This begs the question: can you be considered popular (resonating) when only a handful of people voted? Are popscore winners the best bands or are they the best at popscoring???

Explain, pls?

Daniel Fries said...

Thanks again Jango! very happy to see this! -
@anon - don't know if you're referring to me, but I've only been up here a couple of months which may explain my relatively few number of fans. I can tell you I get about 1 new fan for every 10 paid plays on average, and I've paid close attention to my artist targeting, only going for fans of very similar artists. I always have extra play credits allocated, and I've been "shifting gears" around in terms of the speed of plays, but usually seem to have about 350 or so paid plays a week.
best to everyone,
Daniel Fries

Anonymous said...


Congrats to you and the other popscore winners. As you say, your chart-topping comes as the result of careful targeting. Your numbers speak for themselves: you are wildly popular AND good at popscoring. I apologize for the rude and stupid way in which I phrased my question (as if the two were somehow exclusive of each other).

Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Lol. Hint to high popscoring: make exotic artist targeting and ask 100 friends to "love" and "fan" you)) lol.

Anonymous said...

"Information becomes more stable after at least 1000 plays"

Of the PopScore top 10, none have samples greater than 1000 plays per week. Most (6) have fewer than 500; and most of them (4) have 150 or fewer paid plays in a week.The PopScore ranks Airplay artists on their ability to seek, find, and target their audience (i.e., listeners). Jango sells itself as a radio station that plays music custom-tailored to its listeners tastes. Is it any wonder Jango encourages and rewards artists who most accurately match their music with listeners? They should just stop pretending the PopScore is somehow objective and scientific and call it what it is.

Anonymous said...

Actually I'm pretty sure the play counts listed right now are for THIS week so far, and these scores are based on last week's plays. I know for a fact at least one of the artists here had over 1,000 paid plays.

Lisa Marie Gabriel said...

Congratulations to all these people! They thoroughly deserve to succeed. Half the business of music promotion is targeting. Jango can't be blamed for reflecting that!

The only thing that worries me is this. You need 100 plays for a popscore. Last week I had 325 plays (of which 299 were paid). I not only did not qualify for a popscore, but it is the first time ever that has happened. The week before I did not receive a score until the Tuesday after and it was much lower than usual. Receiving an email to say I had insufficient plays to receive any score at all was alarming!

What has changed in the system for this to happen please?

Anonymous said...

I'm new to Jango, and I am also trying to understand the Popscores. I'm running a relatively high number of plays, and I saw a decent Popscore while running the fastest plays possible, but found it got lower once I went down to normal play speed. But as I look at the stats, my likes and fans were still increasing at around the same rate percentage wise. Today was a better than yesterday's count, so does that mean I'll be seeing a better score this evening? Just curious. The Popscore doesn't mean much to me in terms of free plays, but I was hoping to use it to get a better idea about how people felt about the songs. The positive feedback and steady growth will do just fine, though. Thanks for providing this great service to artists!

Anonymous said...

*** ballpark, quick-n-dirty estimates based on # of fans and # of weeks on Jango (from first comment, scanned for noticeable periods of inactivity). Point is smaller=better by almost any measure. Can't argue with results!

Anonymous said...

New To Jango:

(from earlier post)

"The better your targeting, the better your PopScore."

Not true. Your PopScore IS NOT a measure of how well you are targeting plays. Your PopScore is a percentile ranking of all Airplay artists who meet the PopScore requirement (was 50 plays, going to 100 soon). In a nutshell, your PopScore has more to do with other bands than with your own. Not only is it possible for your targeting and play stats to go UP while your PopScore goes DOWN (and vice versa), it's common. So don't rely on PopScore to tell you how well you're doing, use your play stats to do that.


chris williams said...

However to add to previous comment. if you are getting plays you havent paid for, it will affect your popscore for the good.
happened to me so, keep plugging away and it can


Anonymous said...

only paid plays affect popscore -- according to Jango and according to "fair play"... it shouldn't be a mystery

why doesn't Jango just 'disclose' the popscore magic formula? the only reasons i can think of:

- it's embarrassingly flawed
- there isn't one
- (a tragic combination of the above)

anyone got a better idea?

for that matter, chris williams should show his math, too. "it happened to me, it could happen to you" sounds like snake oil to me

p. unkle

chris williams said...

Im not doing math my friend and honestly, im just going by what i see by the amount of plays each week i get that arent paid.
the more i get from fans playing my music on their stations, the higher my popscore goes.
I dont have time worry about math but its something im noticing.
I do somethign that some of you may already do and as I get a notice of a new fan, I email them to thank them and ask them if they wouldnt mind adding me to their stations. most if not all are always willing and I really feel that the more adds and plays im getting that arent paid are raising my popscore each week

my ten cents

Chris williams

Anonymous said...

you're getting adds and organic plays from contacting the fans reached by paid plays... and you feel the organic adds/plays bolster your popscore, right?

logically expressed

* if fans go up, then organic adds/plays go up
* if organic adds/plays go up, then popscore goes up

results: this as a syllogistic reminder that

* if fans go up, popscore goes up

it's great that you're having success with the popscore and yours is an excellent practice that we would all do well to copy. i think what you're seeing is a direct correlation between your popscore and your overall professionalism, dedication, and good Jango hygiene. don't sell yourself short by ascribing it to one particular metric (esp if you don't have time for math ;) congrats!





A Nice Vibe on Jango said...

The foundation of music may be based upon mathematics, but I assure you that mathematical formulas will never determine what makes music popular … and that includes Jango PopScore. Don't give it more significance than it deserves.

Rather, focus your energy on creating new music - your music, and sharing it with potential Jango fans worldwide … Jango is also an amazing venue for like-music-minds to collaborate, and that is another reason I joined as an emerging artist. I recently posted a Jango blog response to Jay Frank, author of 'Future Hit DNA', and thought that it deserves an encore here:


Jango is fueling the great age of music renaissance that began in the early 2000's as the Internet disintermediated the industry machine that tightly confined the boundaries of creative expression. And for that, I am very grateful.

Imagine, allowing music creators to be in direct touch with music consumers without any rigid industry formulas or filters in between. And allowing music consumers to determine what is "popular" or what is not. Brilliant.

As music creators, we have the freedom to choose one of two paths: as a pioneer in this great new age of renaissance that looks FORWARD, or as a soldier marching to the market-tested industry formulas that look BACKWARD. Neither is right, neither is wrong, it's just a choice. And for that, I am very grateful.

Jay provided Jango the guest blog that they asked for, and he articulated his formulas and logic behind those quite well. He has provided music creators leverageable insight into the industry formulas that HAVE worked, and that is a great service for those who want to understand those.

On the other hand, he is NOT providing us any insight into the renaissance formulas of the future that WILL work, nor is he claiming to do so. That, my fellow music creators of the renaissance, is our role. After all, if music creators always adhered to formulas of the past, Elvis would still be number one on the charts.

So let's stay motivated and create music that will help architect the new formulas and shape where music is GOING, not where it has BEEN. That is an incredible and exciting opportunity. And for that, I am very grateful.

Greg Charles / A Nice Vibe, San Francisco

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the Top 10. If you go to the Top 5's myspace pages, they are like averaging less than 10 plays. So I would think if you were in the top 5 on Jango, it would reflect on your all your pages (Facebook/Myspace).
How many people listen to "a spin" when your song plays?