Halloween’s Most ‘Spirited’ Cities

Plenty of Halloween music out there only gets played once a year, like the mighty Monster Mash. We love those perennial Halloween jams, and no Halloween would be complete without them. But more than any other holiday, Halloween is also a good excuse for fun-loving people of any age to dress up and throw a […]

Adventures in the Lowlands: Spotify, Social Media and Music Festivals

In The Netherlands, people spend about half as much on recorded music as they did in 2003. They spend about twice as much on live music as on CDs, downloads, and streaming. Other countries have shown this shift from recorded to live revenue, including the UK, but nowhere as dramatically as in The Netherlands. However, […]

How Kansas City and San Francisco Really Listen To Lorde ‘Royals’

In response to social media demands from San Francisco Giants fans, San Francisco radio station KFOG announced on the evening of October 16th that it would cease all play of Lorde’s hit song “Royals,” which shares a name with San Francisco’s World Series opponents, the Kansas City Royals. San Francisco’s KOIT followed suit on October […]

EDM & The Amsterdam Dance Event: How The Netherlands Listens

The Electronic Dance Music genre has been with us for decades, but it has more loyal fans over the world than ever before, influencing pop music at large while drawing more and more people to live events. This week, legions of EDM enthusiasts will be sucked into the vortex that is The Amsterdam Dance Event, […]

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 […]

The Festival Ripple Effect

Music festival season is over for the year, leaving rich memories for those who braved the traveling, crowds, and, in some cases, the elements. The festival scene has exploded over the past few years, and the biggest ones play a large role in the music ecosystem. As such, we figured the data would show a […]

For German Music Fans, World Cup Victory Was Cause for Celebration

(This post originally appeared here.) Yesterday, Germany stunned World Cup host Brazil with a 7-1 victory, breaking records and Brazilian hearts. But for fans of the German side, which will now advance to the World Cup final, the result was cause for major celebration. And celebrate they did.

The Most Distinctive ‘Fourth of July’ Songs in 50 U.S. States

(This post originally appeared here.) The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day in the United States, is nearly here. Folks across the country are gearing up for annual barbecues, parties, picnics, firework displays, and, of course, the “American” songs that get queued up more on that day than on any other — although […]

Soccer Fans Listen Differently in Winning and Losing Countries

(This post originally appeared here.) Nearly half of the world’s population watched at least a minute of the last World Cup, according to FIFA (.pdf). At this year’s Brazilian extravaganza, we expect even more people to tune in, given that viewership increased 8 percent last time around. But you don’t need to know that to […]