How Has Playlist Culture Affected Our Listening Choices? An Experiment

1In an age where playlist culture reigns supreme in our consumption of music, one curious music blogger from NYC took some time to investigate  what today's music consumers are listening to, on what platform, and most of all how they're discovering it.

 

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Cassette Sales Still On The Rise

1When streaming began to dominate music consumption, many industry insiders believed all physical forms of media would soon die out, but it appears that vinyl wasn't the only format to prove these people wrong, and that cassette tapes have see something of a renaissance of late.

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Analysis Of Every Billboard Top 5 Song In 2018 - The Structure And Composition Of A Hit

1Our friends at Soundfly have done an exhaustive breakdown of the musical structure and composition behind every song from the year that cracked the Billboard Top 5, revealing more than a few Drakes.

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Why We Need More (Quality) Music Journalism

1In this piece James Shotwell argues that, as music industry becomes increasingly crowded with artists, the need for more music journalists grows, and that social media's ability to fill this void is sorely lacking in the quality department.

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What Do People Listen To While Driving?

1The confines of a car have long been a favorite spot for enjoying music, helped by the rise of streaming and the enduring popularity of radio. Here we look into what it is that car goers listen to and why.

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Do Touch That Dial: In-Car Listening Finally Shifting

2While much has changed in the music industry over the past ten years, our listening habits while on the move have, until now, remained much the same. Historically AM/FM listening has dominated in the car but, while this is still somewhat true, traditional radio's grip on drivers seems to be loosening.

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Chartmetric's 2018 Wrap-Up: Weekly Winners & Pop Stars

1Tis the season for end of year wraps, and Chartmetric is digging into data across the major streaming platforms to bring you a comprehensive look at some of 2018's biggest standout hits.

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American Pop Loses Global Crown, But Christmas Music Still Can’t Be Beat

1In this piece, Bobby Owsinski observes how US pop hits which once permeated the world over have given way to more local music in every area except when it comes to the holidays, where American Christmas classics from the 50s and 60s still reign supreme.

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25% Skip A Song Within 5 Seconds [New Data]

1We knew our attention spans were short, and it seems the streaming era is only making things worse, with new data revealing that consumers are becoming increasingly fickle, and skipping more songs after spending a decreasing amount of time listening to them.

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For The Young, Music Drives Social Media

1It is perhaps unsurprising that music tends to occupy a larger part your life when you're young. Knowing this, it correlates that social media used by a 13 to 24 demographic would, to a greater extent, be driven by music, as a new study recently revealed.

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10 Covers That Creatively Transform The Original Song

1Covers are a a central idea of the western pop scene, often rising to become more famous than the original version of a song. Some of the best covers have been able to truly reimagine a song in a way which gives it a fresh meaning, or causes it to evoke and entirely different feel in the listener. Here we look at ten such examples.

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Streaming Breathes New Life Into Older Record Catalogs

1As the rise of the streaming industry continues to alter the ways in which listeners consume music, we're starting to get a better handle on what some of these changes look like. One change that's been a benefit to artists is the revivification of their older work, or "catalogue" material, with more listeners reaching back to "re-discover" older recorded works.

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Facebook Outage Reveals People Still Read News Other Ways, Would YouTube Outage Reveal Something Similar About Music?

3While YouTube has certainly moved in on the music industry in a major way, carving out a huge swathe of listens and views, a recent news outage at Facebook has suggested consumers may not be as dedicated to these major sites as was at first thought, and that, were YouTube to disappear, consumers would have no trouble moving on to greener pastures in order to get the music they crave.

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The Other Playlists: How Behavior Impacts Songs

Screenshot 2018-11-11 09.02.08Since the beginning of the recording industry, the limitations imposed by format have directly influenced music, from wax cylinders to MP3s. Here we look at how the now dominant format - streaming - is reshaping music.

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Music Has More To Gain From The Future Of Transportation Than You Might Think [Cherie Hu]

Screenshot 2018-11-08 07.57.42Going as far back as the FM radio receivers of the 1950s, transportation and music have been inextricably linked; and as the landscape of the transportation industry changes, new marketing opportunities for music and artists are emerging.

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Kanye West’s ‘MP’ Format and The Future Of The Album

1While Kanye West has certainly had a knack for staying in the news of late, one item that didn't see a lot of air time was the controversial hip hop figure's popularization of the "Medium Play" or MP album format. Here we examine what the state of "Ye" means for the state of music.

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Radio In The Time Of Streaming: Chartmetric’s RadioWave Top 300 Data

1As streaming continues to establish itself as the dominant form of music consumption, we're taking a look at the state of radio in 2018, and how American's love affair with listening on the road has helped keep radio alive as a viable portion of the market.

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Radio’s Most Innovative: Austin City Limits Radio [INTERVIEW]

1Exploring an innovative new partnership between Austin City Limits and KGSR/Austin, Jacobs Media sat down to chat with Emily Parker, the Program Director at newly created Austin City Limits Radio to discuss how the partnership came to be and where the station is headed.

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The Musician's Delicate Balance: Unbridled Self-Expression vs. Listener Alienation

1The motivation behind creating music varies wildly from artist to artist, with some doing so in hopes of fame and fortune, and others just because they feel like it. Here we look at how to strike the delicate balance between making music based solely on your own self-interest, and desperately trying to make music the world will like.

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How Teens Influence Music Industry Trends in 2018

1While the constant connectedness of today's youth has been well established, just what impact that has on the music industry is somewhat less well documented. One thing which is certain however is the popularity of music videos among the younger demographic, leading to what some are calling the ressurection of the MTV generation.

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Pandora Plus, Premium Now Included In Billboard Charts

1The inclusion of Pandora Radio in the Billboard Hot 100 has had a noticeable impact, demonstrating just how high the level of music consumption on the service is. But the change continues with news that Pandora's Premium and Plus tiers, as well as YouTube Music, will now also be included.

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