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Spotify & Next Big Sound Walk-Through: Vol. 1

Our integration with Next Big Sound allows you to view your Spotify data and compare it with data from around the internet. Click here  for an overview of Next Big Sound as a whole, and if you haven’t yet, start by signing up to see your Spotify data here.

Once you’re approved to see the data you’ve requested, you’re ready to unleash the full power of our integration with Next Big Sound! We’ve teamed up with Next Big Sound’s Client Services team to show you how. This overview of the basic features is the first in a series of posts explaining how to get the most out of your Spotify data in Next Big Sound:


1. The Next Big Sound Dashboard

This is the first page you see when you log into Next Big Sound. All of the artists you follow are here, including the artists for which you’re approved to view Spotify data. The artists you follow are the same artists included in your weekly Next Big Sound email summary.

Once you’re approved to see a particular artist’s Spotify data, their profile will show up automatically in your dashboard. If it doesn’t, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Next Big Sound home screen.

  2. Click Search for Artists to Follow on your Next Big Sound home screen or a blue plus sign within any blank square.

  3. Type the artist’s name into the search bar.

  4. Choose the correct artist from the drop down menu.

  5. The artist will appear on your home screen. Click on the tile to go to the artist’s page.


2. Set Your Key Metrics

Next Big Sound tracks more than 30 different networks and the amount of data can seem overwhelming. This is why Next Big Sound enables you to set Key Metrics so you can quickly and easily view your most used and most influential metrics.

Once you set your Key Metrics, they will be your default metrics for the graphs on your artist page, as well as the stats you see in your emailed artist reports. Here’s how to choose them:

  1. Go to your Settings then click the Metrics tab.

  2. Choose up to 12 Key Metrics. To add to more Key Metrics, select any metric from All Metrics and drag it into the Key Metrics section.

  3. Change the order of your Key Metrics. Select a metric and drag it to the desired position.


3. Artist Overview Report

Once you click an artist’s name or image from your NBS Dashboard, you will be taken to their Overview Report. The Overview is similar to a traditional one-sheet. It is your bird’s-eye view of top tracks, artist rankings, key metrics, and important events and demographic + geographic details.

You’ll also find recent events that might have impacted your artist’s Spotify streams and changes in your other key metrics. Data has little value without context and this event stream allows you to better determine drivers so you can replicate and build on your successes.

What really sets this Overview Report apart from a traditional one sheet is it’s dynamic qualities. Each module (tracks, demo, and geo) can be changed to reflect almost any network connected to the artist’s profile. Additionally by using the date range selector you can focus the report on a specific period of time such as the release week of the artist’s latest album.


4. Graphs

Graphs are the best way to do a deep-dive into your artists data or compare trends between artists and metrics in Next Big Sound. To save you time, the table beneath the graph will default to your Key Metrics. Use the ‘Metrics’ drop down menu to change which metrics are included in your graph.

Users who have upgraded their artist have the ability to select a custom date range, set custom benchmarks, view the event stream in the graph and a number of other analytical tools. To see more information about Next Big Sound’s pricing plans, visit their pricing page.


5. Tracks

Use the Tracks section to graph and compare specific pieces of content. Compare your artist’s most recent release to their previous single or graph each track on their latest album. Like the Geo section, your Spotify data is available in the Tracks section for free users, but additional sources are only available to upgraded accounts.


6. Sources

Sources are how Next Big Sound collects social data to populate an artist’s profile. Each artist has their own Sources page where all the available and missing network connections are listed. The more sources connected, the more insightful and useful Next Big Sound can be!


We’ll be updating the blog regularly with tips, how-to guides, and case studies to help you use and get the most out of our partnership with Next Big Sound. And be sure to follow @SpotifyArtists on Twitter and sign up to the Artist Services Newsletter for more regular updates on best practice, product updates, financial information and other useful information for artists and their teams.


  • alex forselius

    is there coming promotion opportunity like Spotlight but for smaller acts?