This is what a Tastemaker uses to officially back an artist. You'll get 3 start, and then 1 per week.
You can earn more Headphones when other people Headphone an artist you've Headphoned OR by receiving Likes on the Artists you post about.
Unlike unlimited Likes, Favorites, and Shares... Headphoning an artist is final, so it’s important to choose carefully. We record the exact date and time the headphone was placed, and what position you were in, i.e., whether you’re 1st, 50th, or the 500th Tastemaker to headphone a particular artist. This is how we separate real Tastemakers from the crowd.
This is Fanum’s way of tracking and comparing the success of Tastemakers. It’s determined by a unique combination of factors but mostly determined by
(how early you find an artist) * (how successful that artist later becomes)
For a more detailed description of how your influence is formed, please read the 'Gaining Influence' post below.
EVERY Artist on fanum.fm has been added by one of our Tastemakers. Be the first to tell everyone about your favorite new artist by utilizing our Add an Artist feature.
Fanum uses a unique algorithm to calculate Tastemaker Influence. It takes into account the following components, in order of importance:
Headphoning - A tastemaker’s influence is mostly a product of how consistently and reliably he or she can identify talent. Placing an early Headphone on an Artist who later becomes huge is the best way to raise your Influence score.
Artist Referrals - We keep track of every Artist you're the first to add to fanum.fm. The percentage of these Artists that go on to have high Buzz (See 'Artist Buzz' below) scores will directly affect your Influence.
Artist Posts - When you post about one of your Headphoned Artists, the more 'Likes' you get the more your Influence grows.
Sharing - Sharing your Artist Posts on social media and inviting other Tastemakers to join fanum.fm will boost your Influence. Your ability to attract other Tastemakers to join our diverse community of super music fans is also a measure of your Influence.
Time - On Fanum, Tastemakers need to consistently perform in order to maintain high levels of influence. Finding one great artist isn’t enough to lock up your Influence forever.
If you have any other comments/questions feel free to email me at Eric@fanum.fm
Buzz reflects how hot an Artist is at any given time. It is made up of the following elements, in order of importance:
Headphones - How many headphones an Artist has recently received will play the biggest role in determining Buzz. By limiting Tastemakers to just 1 Headphone a week, we believe the Headphone can be a more accurate measure of an Artist’s buzz than current social media metrics.
Play count - One of the most straightforward ways of knowing if an Artist is popular is by tracking how much that artist’s music is being played. We record song plays on both Fanum and other popular music sites to accurately reflect an Artist’s plays.
Social Media - While not a leading indicator, we’ll be keeping track of Artists’ social media followings to monitor the growth of their fan bases. More new fans leads to more Buzz.
Time - An artist’s buzz is constantly changing, so we’re constantly monitoring and updating the above elements to make sure that we highlight the most relevant Artists at any given moment.
fanum.fm is a platform for Unsigned/Independent up-and-coming artists. You won't find Artists like Beibs here UNLESS a Tastemaker added them before they were signed.
When one of our Artists gets signed to a Major we mark their account as 'Signed' and Tastemakers are no longer able to Headphone the Artist. We don't remove them from the platform because we want to celebrate the Tastemakers that Headphoned the Artist before they blew up.
Great question! We're well aware of the fact that the Music Industry is getting more and more complex with distribution deals, JVs, sub-labels, etc. Along with being signed to an Independent label and being Unsigned, ELIGIBLE up-and-coming artists can also be
1. Signed to an Indpendent Label and distributed through a major
2. Signed to a Major Label outside of the US or UK (i.e. Warner Australia)
We define INELIGIBLE up-and-coming Artists as
1. Signed to a Major Label in the US or UK (Sony, Universal, Warner) or any of it's US or UK subsidiaries (i.e. RCA, Epic, Columbia, Def Jam, Island, Republic, Interscope, Capitol, Atlantic, Parlophone)
2. If they've had two 'top 10' songs in Billboard's Hot 100
3. If they've had two '#1s' on any Billboard Chart
Here's an example of what an iTunes listing for an eligible vs. ineligible Artist looks like
With the rise of platforms like Spotify and Pandora, and major record labels routinely spending millions to launch an artist - we're confident that if they've got any talent (or even if they don't...), you'll hear about them soon enough.
When songs are being played from an Artist's Spotify account, unfortunately we're restricted to playing a 30 second snippit. BUT if you 'Log In with Spotify' you can listen to the full length of any song!
Swipe left to add a Song to your Spotify Playlist! (only if they have music on Spotify)
We automatically update the latest YouTube videos from your favorite Fanum Artists!