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The BBC Music Trends prototype

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Tristan Ferne | 15:45 UK time, Thursday, 13 May 2010

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BBC Music Trends is our latest prototype and a spin-off from our previous work on people's music taste. It showcases some of the hottest bands and artists on the web, as identified by a number of independent sources, lets you listen to short clips and shows you where you can find that music on the BBC.

We use data from a number of independent sources to determine what music is trending - the buzz about music on the internet, usually based on what's being talked about, what's being played, what's being sold, what's being written about and more. All our current sources have public APIs. From EchoNest we use the "hottt" artist list, from We Are Hunted we take their main chart of emerging artists and from last.fm we create a combined chart from their up and coming artists for fourteen UK cities.

Read the rest of The BBC Music Trends prototype post on the Research & Development blog and leave your comments.

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