UCI researchers study the secrets to pop music success
UCI’s Natalia Komarova and a team of researchers analyzed more than half a million songs released in Britain between 1985 and 2015 to understand the dynamics of pop music success. Their key finding? Upbeat songs by female singers dominate the charts, yet music overall is getting sadder.
“Interestingly, successful songs exhibit their own distinct behavior: They tend to be happier, more partylike, less relaxed and more likely to be sung by a woman than most,” says Komarova, a UCI mathematician and evolutionary biologist.
Her study racked up dozens of mentions in the news media, ranging from The Economist to W magazine.
“Music matters. Our study shows that,” says Komarova, whose group used a dozen musical indicators to predict with an accuracy rate of 75 percent to 85 percent which songs would be hits.
Many parents are no doubt familiar with their teenagers' musical tastes. Very few are probably inspired enough to…www.scientificamerican.com
If music is a reflection of our present world, then it's official: We're living in dark times. According to a new study…www.wmagazine.com
Maybe you've noticed, but researchers have discovered pop songs in the last 30 years have become sadder, but more…mashable.com
HIT songs are big business, so there is an incentive for composers to try to tease out those ingredients that might…www.economist.com
The Los Angeles Times
If you find it hard to predict which songs are destined for pop-chart success and which will flop, try asking a…www.latimes.com
In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger released " Dancing in the Street". The Talking Heads song " Road to Nowhere"…www.iflscience.com
Taylor Swift knows a lot about what makes a song a hit-you could even argue she's recorded a hit about it. "But I keep…www.newsweek.com
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