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Best Best Industry Reads Of 2019, So Far (That Aren't On Hybebot)

Screen Shot 2019-08-01 at 9.28.53 PMWith 2019 barely reaching the halfway point, the year has already delivered some outstanding pieces of music journalism, with scoops and hard-hitting data on music consumption, metrics, metadata and more.

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Why We All Need To Make Live Experiences Our Go To Form Of Self-Care

1As most by now know, excessive screen time has been closely linked to stress and feelings of isolation, making the need to "digitally detox" all the more pressing. Here we look at how making lived experiences (looking at you concerts) your go-to form of self-care can drastically improve your well-being

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Dissecting Brazil's Music Consumption

2Given its incredible size and striking diversity of population, breaking down the entirety of Brazil's music consumption data is a herculean task. Luckily, thanks to a spike in technological developments throughout the country, music consumption has standardized to some degree, making an accurate break down more achievable.

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Music 'Trigger Cities': Spotlight On Latin America

1In this third part in a series exploring music "trigger cities", Jason Joven pf Chartmetric takes an in-depth look at Latin America's music consumption stats to explore how listeners there are precipitating the exponential growth of Latin music's global popularity.

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How Music Engages The Brain

3Music's impact on listeners moods and emotions has long been established, but beyond simply affecting our feelings, music also has the ability to transport the listener to a different time, place, and mindset. Here we dig into some of the science behind music induced nostalgia and how it impacts the listener.

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Garth Brooks To Play Tour Of 7 Dive Bars

image from encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.comCountry superstar Garth Brooks can fill big arenas, but Sunday he announced a 7 city tour of nightclubs to promote “Dive Bar,” his new single with Blake Shelton. Coinciding with National Dive Bar Day, the singer unveiled plans for the tour during a special edition of his live online show Inside Studio G.

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When, How Music Matters To Gen Z [INFOGRAPHIC]

1In this piece, Chris Robley looks at an interesting new study from Spotify investigating the listening habits of those under 25, which reveals some curious new stats on how Generation Z is consuming music. Hint: They're into the sad stuff.

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Millennials Prefer Yesterday's Hits Over Current Ones

2While a lot of people complain about contemporary music as adults (preferring the music they grew up with) this theory of the case doesn't seem to apply to millennials, according to a new study, which reveals the demographic to overwhelmingly recognize music from the 1960s through to 2000, with a precipitous dip in recognizing anything released later.

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#HowWeListen: Amber Horsburgh/Deep Cuts [INTERVIEW]

2In their interview series "How We Listen" Byta sits to to chat with artists and other music industry professionals about their listening habits, and how they discover music both new and old. In this edition, they speak with Amber Horsburgh, who works as marketing consultant for a number of major artists.

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How Smart Speakers Increase The Artist and Fan Divide

image from cdn.pixabay.com"Alexa (Siri, Google) play __________." With tens of millions of song requests being processed daily, what fills that blank matters. "Play That Funky Music" will net you the Wild Cherry hit. Hear that song once and you know the title.

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Owning Music Is Important - Vinyl Can Help

1With the rise of the digital age, music has ceased to become something we own as much as something we rent. One format, once thought of as obsolete, is shifting this new balance, however. Here we look at why ownership of music is still important, and how vinyl is making it relevant again.

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When Do We Become Uninterested In Discovering New Music?

1While music discovery has, in many ways, become easier than ever, a new study suggests that there's a limited period of time in the average consumer's life when they're actually finding new music, and at a certain age 'musical paralysis' sets in and the discovery ceases.

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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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