2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The Path to Platinum: Big Data Behind the Music

How can data analysis help identify the next wave of emerging music acts before they break out? How can insights drawn from data can help artists maximize their commercial potential?
Explore the interrelationship between a viral hit song and box office success, the correlation between geographic popularity of an artist and ticket prices and many more fascinating topics driven by analysis of music industry data.



Christopher Tynan

Sr Analyst


Steve Ritter

Data Scientist


Steve Ritter is in charge of all data science and research at SeatGeek. Steve attends over 100 events per year in New York and around the globe, spending the rest of his days using SeatGeek's data to make the live entertainment experience as painless as possible.

Steve is the chief engineer behind the development and refinement of SeatGeek's Deal Score, a comprehensive algorithm that calculates dynamic value scores for the over 30 million unique tickets listed on SeatGeek each day.

Previously, Steve worked in finance industry, where he used data to make rho risk management as painless as possible. Steve graduated from Stanford University in 2010 with a B.S. in Mathematics & Computational Science.


Victor Hu

Data Scientist

Next Big Sound

Victor Hu is the lead data scientist at Next Big Sound, a NYC-based startup that seeks to unearth actionable insights regarding the music industry through the thoughtful analysis of data.

Prior to joining Next Big Sound, Victor worked in data science capacities for the Department of Defense, Milliman (actuarial consulting) and the New York Yankees.

Victor is a graduate of Harvard University with a M.A. in Statistics and a B.A. in Applied Mathematics.


William Gruger

Journalist & Charts Mgr


William Gruger is a journalist at Billboard, where he managees Billboard's online and digital charts as the Social/Streaming charts manager.

William generally covers topics relating to music and technology for Billboard, with a distinct focus on the ways the internet impacts distribution and even the music and surrounding media itself.

William is a native of Austin, Texas and currently works out of Billboard's headquarters in New York City.

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