Music Taste Matures by Age 35 (And It’s Different for Parents)

According to recent research, we begin our experience as music fans following the latest trends, and listening to a lot of what’s on the charts. During the teenage years, we embrace music at the top of the charts more than at any other time in our lives. As we grow older, our taste in music […]

Super Bowl Playlist Battle: New England vs. Washington

On Sunday, over 100 million Americans will gather to see the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLIX. The people in these places are different, and not just because of which team they back. They also listen to different music. By looking at the music that’s uncommonly popular in one place vs. […]

From Headphones to T-Shirts: Two Ways Fans Love Artists

Love is a many-splendored thing, as the song would have it. Each one of us music lovers has different feelings for our favorite artists — the ones we’re just kind of into, the ones we’ve only just heard of but will soon find ourselves listening to on repeat, and the ones we know will be with […]

250 Tracks DJs Play That The Rest of Us Don’t

Different scenarios call for different kinds of music. You won’t catch too many people working out to lullabies or dancing to white noise. When it comes to dancing, DJs have some better ideas. Algoriddim Djay 2, released today for Android to accompany the long-popular iPhone, iPad, and Mac versions, was designed specifically for DJing. For the uninitiated, […]

The Bonnaroo Bump: What Happens When a Band Plays a Festival?

  Over 90,000 concertgoers descended on Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this summer to watch 172 bands compete for their attention. We wondered what playing Bonnaroo did for bands in terms of listening. In other words, is there a measurable “Bonnaroo Bump,” akin to Stephen Colbert’s infamous “Colbert Bump”? Yes, we were able to […]

How Music Migrated from Berlin, London, and Paris

Music never stops evolving, borrowing from the past as it forges the future. Every so often, a mutation occurs, leading to a never-before-heard style, which spreads around the world to various extents, depending on how the music resonates with people in other places. We’ve seen it happen countless times. In the early ‘90s, a grungy […]

How Music Taste Predicts Movie Taste

(This post originally appeared here.) We’re building ways to understand your music taste, or Musical Identity, and relate that to your taste in politics, movies, and other areas. Before we get to that, what is “Musical Identity?” Music taste is so personal. It’s an important part of defining and communicating who we are. Unlike the […]