Comparison of popular music in the United States and the United Kingdom: computerized analysis of 42,714 pieces

North, Adrian C., Krause, Amanda E., Sheridan, Lorraine P., and Ritchie, David (2020) Comparison of popular music in the United States and the United Kingdom: computerized analysis of 42,714 pieces. Psychology of Music, 48 (6). pp. 846-860.

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The present research employed computerised analyses of all those pieces to have achieved any degree of commercial success in either the United States or the United Kingdom in terms of energy, beats per minutes, and several emotion scores. Analyses showed differences between these two commercially-complete musical cultures in all variables except one of the emotion scores; that the relationship between popularity and each of the remaining variables was similar across the two countries; but that there were differences in the representation of genres. These findings indicate that it is possible to identify quantitative differences between musical cultures, and may have implications for ethnomusicology and the nascent digital music streaming industry.

Item ID: 62728
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0305-7356
Keywords: music, popularity, emotion, energy, culture
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019. In accordance with the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this article is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU.
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 05:37
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 60%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4701 Communication and media studies > 470199 Communication and media studies not elsewhere classified @ 20%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360302 Music composition and improvisation @ 20%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
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