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Algorithm-Based Music Recommendations: Low Accuracy for Lovers of Non-Mainstream Music
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Algorithm-Based Music Recommendations: Low Accuracy for Lovers of Non-Mainstream Music

A team of researchers from Graz University of Technology, Know-Center GmbH, Johannes Kepler University Linz, University of Innsbruck, Austria and University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, compared how accurate algorithm-generated music recommendations were for mainstream and non-mainstream music listeners. They used a dataset containing the listening histories of 4,148 users of the music streaming platform Last.fm...

Independent Music Squashed Out of Streaming Playlists and Revenue
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Independent Music Squashed Out of Streaming Playlists and Revenue

Bands and artists on independent record labels get less than their fair share of access to the most popular playlists on streaming platforms such as Spotify – argues a new paper from the University of East Anglia. The paper looks at whether streaming platforms offer a level playing field for artists and record labels. It finds...

‘The Wall’ Cemented Pink Floyd’s Fame – but Destroyed the Band
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‘The Wall’ Cemented Pink Floyd’s Fame – but Destroyed the Band

Forty years ago, on Nov. 30, 1979, the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd released its 11th studio album, “The Wall.” Featuring 26 tracks, two records and an opera-esque story line, the concept album would go on to become the number two bestselling double album in history. But it would also mark the last time...

Why Music Makes Us Feel, According to AI
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Why Music Makes Us Feel, According to AI

In a new paper, a team of University of Southern California (USC) computer scientists and psychologists teamed up to investigate how music affects how you act, feel and think Your heart beats faster, palms sweat and part of your brain called the Heschl’s gyrus lights up like a Christmas tree. Chances are, you’ve never thought...

Cop Voice: Jay-Z, Public Enemy Songs Highlight Police Tactic to Frighten People of Color
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Cop Voice: Jay-Z, Public Enemy Songs Highlight Police Tactic to Frighten People of Color

What do songs by artists like Jay-Z and Public Enemy have in common? They feature representations of ‘cop voice,’ a racialized way of speaking that police use to weaponize their voices around people of color, according to faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Jennifer Lynn Stoever, associate professor of English at Binghamton...

Clapping Music App Reveals That Changing Rhythm Isn’t So Easy
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Clapping Music App Reveals That Changing Rhythm Isn’t So Easy

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than others. They collected and analyzed a huge dataset of more than 100,000 people and found that changing rhythm is more difficult than playing a complex individual rhythm. The app challenges users to play Clapping...

Use of Tobacco & Marijuana Products Frequently Featured in Hip-Hop Music Videos
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Use of Tobacco & Marijuana Products Frequently Featured in Hip-Hop Music Videos

Over the past decade, hip-hop music has become a world-wide phenomenon and, in 2017, surpassed rock as the biggest music genre in the United States. Up until now little has been known about how often, or in what context, tobacco and marijuana products and imagery appear in hip-hop music culture. In order to get a...

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Popular Streaming Playlists Can Boost a Song’s Revenue by Up to $163k

Artists lucky enough to find their song on ‘Today’s Top Hits’, a Spotify playlist with over 20 million followers, could see a boost in popularity worth between $116k and $163k in additional streaming revenue. Playlists also have a big influence on the success of new artists and new songs. Getting to the top of Spotify’s...