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Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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Research Finds Music Is Getting Sadder As The Years Go By

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that since 1965 the mood of pop songs has gotten sadder…is it a sign of the times or do we just prefer our music darker? Listen to this piece below from Studio 360 on what this new research means.

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1.65 Billion Music Purchases Took Place in 2012

Over 1.65 billion music purchases took place in the U.S. in 2012, an all time high according to a new report just released from Nielsen and Billboard. Physical albums, digital albums and digital songs accounted for the sales figures which are up overall 3.1% from 2011.

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Hear Five Seconds Of Every #1 Pop Single: 1956 to 1992

Hugo Keesing is an academic and a pop music archivist who created a project called Chartsweep in which 5 seconds of every charting #1 American pop song starting from the year 1956 to 1992 has been compiled into a short form historical mixtape of sorts. It starts off with 1956’s “Memories Are Made of This” by Dean Martin and ends with 1992′s Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You”. No word whether the project will continue on but it would be cool to listen to check out the #1′s of 1992-2011 and beyond as well.

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