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Echo Nest Launches Chart, Spotify Playlist Of Hottest 'Discovery' Music

Screen Shot 2012-09-27 at 12.54.21 AMMusic intelligence platform The Echo Nest has just launched a Spotify playlist of the top 100 “discovery” songs, which are said to be the songs that people are listening to and talking about the most across the web. The playlist curates through an internal scoring system that they say identifies up-and-coming new music from artists who are not yet established.

The Echo Nest system processes the music it tracks and what people are saying about it, and through a series of mathematical calculations, grants a Discovery Score for every song “in the universe”.

“The point of this number is to identify songs that are heating up right now, but which aren’t yet big hits, having been created by artists who are not yet established,” the company said in a recent blog post.

These songs are coming from all over the world, featuring several different styles that are not reflective of any individual tastes. The Echo Nest believes that they represent the world’s "collective curiosity". The list will be updated weekly and Spotify users can subscribe to the playlist within the platform.

“Somewhere in the world, somebody might be discovering your next favorite song. And maybe this is how you’ll find out,” the company said.

The EchoNest's music data API powers music discovery iHeartRadio, eMusic, MOG, Spotify, Nokia, the BBC and VEVO. The company closed a $17.3 million financing round led by Norwest Venture Partners back in July, which it says will use the funds to support sales, international expansion, and new product development.

If you have Spotify installed on your computer, you can check out the Echo Nest Discovery playlist below (otherwise, click here):

Hisham Dahud is a Senior Analyst for Additionally, he is the head of Business Development for Fame House and an independent musician. Follow him on Twitter: @HishamDahud