HitPredictor is a site that many of you may not have heard of. Apparently they have been around for about 5 years and, according to their site, "after testing almost every release from the past five years, the HitPredictor has shown incredible accuracy in determining the hit potential of new songs prior to airplay." In addition to testing songs, HitPredictor also has been able "to gain insight into what people are thinking right now about artists and new music."
Rainlover at The Clayboard has posted that Cristal Line at Clayversity found that Clay has moved up from the 21st spot on the AC Artist Hitpredictor chart to 10th. According to Hitpredictor:
The Hitpredictor Artist Chart is a gauge of artist popularity, above and beyond song charts. Artist scores are affected by every aspect of an artist's career. Marketing, airplay, retail, print media, touring, TV appearances, and rumor all have an impact on chart performance.Since we know that radio airplay would have had nothing to do with a rise of 11 spots on this chart, the other factors are what moved Clay up. Possibly the various news about his upcoming tour and his television appearances have played a big part.
The Hitpredictor site also states that artists are rated by "thousands of carefully screened music fans." The results, which are compiled weekly and monthly, are determined by an artist's popularity and buzz by those who listen to music.
Whatever the reasons are for Clay to jump from 21st to 10th, we'll take it! And as the year presses on and his tour begins, we'll hope to see him jump up even more on the chart.