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Facebook Music Data at Midem Music Conference: 5 Billion Songs Shared on Facebook

By: Corey Tate
January 31, 2012

The 2012 Midem Music Conference has brought new data to light about the Facebook Music experience which launched last Fall: over 5 billion songs have been shared via Facebook as a total count since they launched the Facebook Music thing last year at the f8 conference. What's more, the Facebook music sharing data shows a wholly different group of songs than what you'll find on the Top 40. And it’s being done with streaming music sites like Spotify, MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody; it’s also likely to grow faster since recent launch of the Facebook Music Player that allows real-time listening that happened earlier this month.

"When we looked at the top 100 songs shared on Facebook, it was a lot of the same songs you would discover if you looked on a Billboard chart. Some artists aren't as famous globally but have local artists with pockets of fans. One example is Skrillex. [He's] not necessarily a top 10 artist, but two of [his] songs [were on our chart.] So that's one of the really powerful things about this. It's not just reinforcing the same songs everybody's listening to, but enabling artists to be discovered in ways that were never possible before at scale," said Facebook's VP of partnerships Dan Rose to Billboard editorial director Bill Werde in a keynote Q&A Monday.

Do you use steaming music sites like Spotify, MOG, Rdio and Rhapsody? Find out more about them and other streaming music services in the Spacelab Streaming Music Guide.

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