Tuesday, August 17

Jango Airplay Top 10

Here's this week's Top 10 artists on Jango Airplay according to their weekly PopScore. It's good to see For This Cause holding tight at the top spot as well as a few newcomers breaking in. Check out their profiles below and show them some support.

#1: For This Cause
For This Cause is a recently-formed alternative/post-hardcore band from Australia. They spent much of 2009 and 2010 on tour, pausing just long enough to release their debut EP this past February.

Click to hear For This Cause:
These Seasons
#2: I Hear Sirens
I Hear Sirens is a four member post-rock band from Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite shifting lineups early in the project, their DIY attitude and strong fan appeal have remained intact.

Click to hear I Hear Sirens:
Ashes Fall Like Snowflakes, Burying The Sea
#3: 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
#4: 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
#5: Falconbrook
Falconbrook are a set of enigmatic post-rockers whose compositions are sprawling, but never dull.

Click to hear Falconbrook:
#6: Daniella Alcarpe
Daniella Alcarpe is a Brazilian singer offering true Brazilian music - a mix of traditional instruments like bandolim, cavaquinho & cuíca with guitars, sax, flute and keyboard.

Click to hear Daniella Alcarpe:
Que Que Ce Que
#7: 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 group, Trio Paz.

Click to hear Daniel Fries:
Bodas De Galisteo
#8: Laszlo
Laszlo is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and electronica artist. Citing influences from Debussy to Zappa, his songs communicate wth fluffy psychedelics, jazzy keys and a child-like innocence.

Click to hear Laszlo:
#9: Mariah Ver Hoef
A young singer-songwriter from Fairbanks, Alaska, Mariah writes about the isolation and shifting landscapes of growing up. This summer will see the release of her third album in as many years.

Click to hear Mariah Ver Hoef:
Left Behind
#10: Hugo Kant
Hugo Kant is a producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist from Marseille, France. After many years playing in bands he started his first solo project in 2010, a mix of downtempo, nu jazz, trip hop and acoustic music.

Click to hear Hugo Kant:


Francesco said...

You can listen everything....
but COMEFROMONKEYS ar really crazy...

please don't listen their first album fock age!

Anonymous said...

Buzz going about the new Swirl 360.

Greg Charles, A Nice Vibe said...

Rather than self-promote (as some other posters painfully do), I would like to congratulate the Top Ten of the Week, of which 7 are returning from other Top Tens of recent weeks. You must be doing something right.
As a new artist on Jango, I've focused on one ratio - # of FANS / # of PAID PLAYS - that has been my Jango performance indicator. And now that my FANS have increased, I'm tracking a second ratio - # of ORGANIC PLAYS / TOTAL NUMBER of FANS. In other words, I'm competing against myself each week, trying to raise my FAN/PAID ratio and encourage more ORGANIC plays from my existing FAN base.
But I am very curious about POPSCORE ... my request is that any Top Ten Artist share comments about what you think you're doing to positively affect your POPSCORE. I realize it is based upon PAID PLAYS only and the % of LIKES. So clearly, if I limit my rotation to my best song and narrow its airplay to a very tight number of targets, my POPSCORE will rise significantly. But that is exactly opposite to my Jango objective. My primary focus on Jango is fan acquisition (Fans/Paid is like paying for sales leads in the non-music world).
I'd appreciate any thoughts or comments. I'm just completing my first month on Jango and am still learning how the machine works :)
Thanks so much, Greg Charles, A Nice Vibe / San Francisco

Hugo Kant said...

I can share my stats so others can see how they position themselves to it...

I am on Jango since june 16th 2010.
I have only 6 target artists and i have not changed them since i began using Jango, they are all well known artists.
I am also promoting only one track since i began because the whole album is not yet released.
i've had a steady popscore of 92/94 with bonus play credits (100 usually) every week.
Last week i had a popscore of 97 that put me N°10 in the chart.

here are my last week stats and my overall stats :

---Last week (32) ---
total plays : 353
Paid Plays : 306
Organic Plays : 47
Song Likes : 23
New Fans : 15
Profile Views : 4

--- Overall ---
total plays : 3261
Paid Plays : 2935
Organic Plays : 326
Song Likes : 262
New Fans : 163
Profile Views : 86

hope this helps :)

Greg Charles, A Nice Vibe said...

Merci Hugo, tu es un tres bon artiste!

I apologize for my French ... yes, that was very helpful and insightful, thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your recognition. I believe that POPSCORE heavily weights LIKES / PAID = 7.5% last week, 8.9% overall - excellent results for your song!

What also is impressive to me is that your organic plays look to be increasing which is very favorable as you prepare to release your album. Keep up the great work. May you have continued success, Greg

Anonymous said...

For the same week, my play stats:

total plays : 356
Paid Plays : 270
Organic Plays : 86
Song Likes : 29
New Fans : 13
Profile Views : 9

Popscore 88.

For the preceding week was more typical (week 31):

total plays : 427
Paid Plays : 300
Organic Plays : 127
Song Likes : 63
New Fans : 20
Profile Views : 9

Please post week 31 stats & score. Thnx!

Greg Charles, A Nice Vibe said...

Thanks to 'Anonymous' above for sharing your Artist data, this is extremely helpful (do you want to share your Artist name?) ... as a new Jango artist, this data gives us newbies great insight and understanding.

Your Likes/Paid Plays % is outstanding both weeks: (Week 32) 10.7%, (Week 31) 20.7% - wow. Interesting that during week 32, 10.7% gave you a POPSCORE of 88 relative to Hugo whose 7.5% gave him a POPSCORE 92-94. I assume that there must be other non-manipulatable factors that go into the equation.

I haven't tried to manage my Jango airplay and targeting for POPSCORE yet since my initial focus has been fan acquisition through very broad and active paid plays.

For example, my POPSCORE has been in the low 80's since joining a month ago. Last week, my Likes/Paid Plays was 427/7063 = 6.0%, much lower than Hugo and Anonymous, but 20X the Paid Plays. I push 4-6 songs in airplay rotation with 15-20 targeted artists. My best song of the mix usually returns 7-8% with those broad targets.

Thanks Hugo and Anonymous for sharing, much appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Saturday July 31: 130 paid plays/22 likes/12 new fans.

Saturday August 21: 70 paid plays/4 likes/0 new fans (likes no doubt from organic plays)

July 31 is typical of the track, going back almost a year. More and more, though, allocated plays are gone, by the hundred, in a minute -- and my play stats reflect NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT.

Where are my plays going? It stands to reason that most of our plays fall on deaf ears, but ALL of them?!?!?! I can get nobody to listen to my music without Jango, thank you very much.

Anyone else?

Anonymous said...

Hey ,
I had a really bad Saturday August 21st and Sunday August 22nd..... 76 paid plays 2 likes 0 fans on Saturday AND then ever WORSE on Sunday 170 paid plays 2 likes and 1 fan !?!?!?

Really Jango? Really 170 paid plays and only one new fan? makes NO sense to me.... Previously my lowest ratio was about 1 fan for 50 paid plays, that was a HORRIBLE day..... after 9 weeks that was the case until yesterday when my lowest ratio went from 1 fan for 50 paid plays to 1 fan for 170 paid plays...
Except for my first week when I had my lowest pop score of 67, my Pop score had been between 81 and 89 except for that 1st week.....

I can't figure out what I am doing wrong....
Someday I will get 5 or six fans for every 50 plays and then other days get really terrible results on the same song....

Anonymous said...

hey Greg, you are right about other factors, If I remember right 'dislikes' and things like song skips effect your pop score in the other direction...that's why I try and avoid targeting artists that are TOOOOOOOOO popular as who knows what their broad fanbase will like or won't like

Greg Charles, A Nice Vibe said...

Dear Anonymous (es) ... I'm not sure if there are one or two of you :-)

I've been playing with several factors as I shift my initial Jango experience from primarily PAID play to ORGANIC. I invested in the PAID plays during the first month to build up my fan base and establish a base line of organic plays by those fans.

Now I'm implementing a strategy that will likely push my POPSCORE up but get me less fans with less PAID plays. Yes, POPSCORE was not intended to make Jango more money, it's quite the opposite. It's optimized by narrow targeting and less airplay. So thoughtful targeting is key and that is what I believe Mr. Anonymous above is having trouble with.

And I absolutely agree, as I've reduced my rotation from 4 songs to 1, my targeted bands from 25 to 12, and my Pacing from Fastest to Faster, my LIKES/PAID % has gone up. And I decided to pull off the top 3-4 most popular bands (e.g. Coldplay, Beatles) because (almost) every listener likes those bands and that's not 'targeting'.

As far as the # of ORGANIC plays, I really don't think they are a factor for POPSCORE because they can be manipulated by a non-worthy artist. And I assume that the LIKES associated by those ORGANIC plays are also not counted. That's why I will only track LIKES associated with PAID plays as I target POPSCORE performance with less PAID plays.

Still lots to learn ... but it's all good. Thanks all for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Greg and yes there are TWO anonymous on this thread, mine was the post from today..

One other thing I have noticed. I get better results if I target at certain times of the day. I am on the west coast (usa) and I find that the best time to put my plays into play are after 1 pm BUT no later than 5 pm though later has gotten me better results than early morning..... I think it is because my primary market is in the USA and they are too sleepy in the early hours to get inspired by a new artist... I could be wrong.........

I totally agree about cutting out the big bands that appeal to almost everyone. My music is Americana/bluegrass/oldtime country and traditional spirituals with a slight ambient electric sound thrown into the mix...

Its problematic because one of my songs appeals to a old school country crowd such as Hank Williams Sr. Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and the I have songs that appeal more to the Creedence Clearwater revival crowd and the others that appeal to the bluegrass fans... and then those who like traditional country gospel songs..
I also have a title track to my album that appeals far more to my male fans than my female fans..........

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Greg Charles, A Nice Vibe said...

Dear 'Americana/Bluegrass/Oldtime Country' ... you bring up an interesting point about timing.

I'm also west coast US and have targeted a global audience, so that affects timing. As such, I acquire most Euro fans in the evening, Asian fans while I sleep, and North/South American fans beginning in the morning. During the week days, my organic plays go up significantly during the day. I assume that comes from Jango stations being played on auto-pilot while at work without listener intervention. I've had several comments from listeners about how Jango stations are played at their work place.

Which also brings up the question of how many PAID plays fall on 'deaf ears', as one poster wrote. I wouldn't call it 'deaf ears', rather these ears are just not interacting with the station, so our Emerging Artist pop-up appears and goes unnoticed while the music plays. I sense it could range anywhere from 30-80% of our PAID plays depending upon time of day, day of week. I know that sounds high, but I think it's realistic. That would explain the large variations in LIKES as one posted noted.

I'm still formulating an optimal Jango model in my head at this point, but I think it goes something like this: On average, of 100 PAID plays, 60% will be ignored (pop-up goes unnoticed), 30% will be Break'em/skipped, 10% will be Make'em/LIKED. Is a 3-to-1 ratio of Break-to-Make a bit harsh? Perhaps, but until I learn how to target, I think it's realistic.

But what do I know ... I've only been on a month :-)

Anonymous said...

I know as a listener, I have jango playing in my house , sometimes I am listening intently and rate songs other times I am busy doing things.... also I don't log in most of the time and so even songs I love by known artist I wont take the time to rate them.... like Ryan Binghams Bluebird is playing right now and I am really digging it, but have I logged in to rate it and add it to my playlist nope...
Sincerely Americana/bluegrass ETC

Diamond Moon Music BMI said...

Not sure how really this works, 27,000 plays
880 fans, about 500 organic, Id say you guys are doing doing pretty well with lower plays, but good percentage with organic, but I'm just songwriter, with all but one song having different vocalists. basically pitching demos at them, its country too, I'd say different genres fair better not sure