Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Find Out How Hipster Your Music Taste Is With Spotify's New Tool

spotifyfoundthemfirst.jpg

Is there anything worse than those comments that just say "FIRST"? As if being the first to click on a link makes you somehow deserving of a medal.

Yet, sadly, in hipster land, 'being early' on new music and new acts does actually give you social currency. Naturally, you have to disown them as soon as more than ten people have heard of them, dismissing their 'later work' as 'compromised' and 'not as raw'.

But it's always been hard to quantify exactly how 'on it' you are - but not any longer, as Spotify's new tool is here to separate the leaders from the followers.

The streaming service's Found Them First tool, "gives you the chance to see which breakout artists you discovered early on, the first date you listened to a new artist, and reveals a Spotify-generated, customised playlist of other similar breakout artists you have yet to discover. The top 1-15% of listeners are considered “early listeners” and will be able to see this ranking."

"Breakout Artists" (we presume they mean acts that have got popular, rather than those with unfortunate facial spots) are defined as having a total number of at least 20 million streams and a growth rate of 2000% between January 2013 and June 2015 - so they'd have had to have become reasonably big to count as having 'made it'.

Click here to see how well you get on and - naturally - if you want to boost your discovery rate in future, check out our very own ShortListen for recommendations. You'll be looking down on other people and criticising their musical knowledge in no time at all, and that's something to aspire to, right?

Related

Smit.jpg

It's official: Sam Smith will sing the next Bond song for Spectre

sms.jpg

The best sports earphones

Comments

More

13 amazing garage bangers that were hidden away as album tracks

Make this the soundtrack to your summer

by Gary Ogden
24 Mar 2017

Listen to brand new Kendrick Lamar song 'The Heart Part 4'

'Y'all got til April the 7th to get y'all shit together'

by Matt Tate
24 Mar 2017

Is Kendrick Lamar about to unveil his new album?

A 'To Pimp a Butterfly' follow-up seems to be imminent

by Dave Fawbert
23 Mar 2017

Here are the best picks for Record Store Day

From David Bowie to Aqua

by Emily Reynolds
22 Mar 2017

This brilliant video shows every song Daft Punk have ever sampled

Where have you heard that before? Probably in a Daft Punk song

by Matt Tate
21 Mar 2017

Watch Calvin Harris show how he made his latest single bit-by-bit

This is actually pretty fascinating

by Dave Fawbert
20 Mar 2017

Liam Gallagher has gone on yet another rant about Noel

Is that something pigeons can do?

by Emily Reynolds
20 Mar 2017

A teenager built his own rapping AI bot using Kanye West lyrics

Genuinely better than some human rappers

by Gary Ogden
17 Mar 2017

An in-depth analysis of the lyrics to 'Freestyler' by Bomfunk MCs

The best song ever? Definitely. Does it make any sense? No chance

by Gary Ogden
16 Mar 2017

The comments on this 1993 rave video will reaffirm your faith in love

The triumphant return of the girl who wouldn't stop dancing

by Dave Fawbert
14 Mar 2017