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The Dynamics of Chart Success in the UK Pre-Resorded Popular Music Industry

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  • Strobl, E.
  • Tucker, C.

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In this paper we investigate the dynamics of chart success in the UK pre-recorded popular music industry over the period 1980 to 1993 using British album chart listings. We find that the incidence of chart succedd is substantially skewed to the right, whether measured by total weeks spent per artist, average weeks spent per album, or the total number of albums listed per artist. We subsequently investigate possible determinants of the length of chart survival of albums in order to determine what may be driving the observed skewness. Our results indicate that the type of album, seasonal demand, and initial popularity play an important role in ensuring continued chart listing of an album.

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Paper provided by College Dublin, Department of Political Economy- in its series Papers with number 99/10.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:dublec:99/10

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Keywords: MUSIC ; CULTURAL INDUSTRY;

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  1. Hamlen, William A, Jr, 1991. "Superstardom in Popular Music: Empirical Evidence," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 73(4), pages 729-33, November.
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  1. David Giles, 2007. "Survival of the hippest: life at the top of the hot 100," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(15), pages 1877-1887.
  2. Sumiko Asai, 2011. "Demand analysis of hit music in Japan," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 35(2), pages 101-117, May.
  3. Sudip Bhattacharjee & Ram D. Gopal & Kaveepan Lertwachara & James R. Marsden & Rahul Telang, 2005. "The Effect of P2P File Sharing on Music Markets: A Survival Analysis of Albums on Ranking Charts," Working Papers 05-26, NET Institute, revised Oct 2005.
  4. David Giles, 2007. "Increasing returns to information in the US popular music industry," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(5), pages 327-331.
  5. Brinja Meiseberg, 2014. "Trust the artist versus trust the tale: performance implications of talent and self-marketing in folk music," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 9-42, February.
  6. Andrea Ordanini, 2006. "Selection models in the music industry: How a prior independent experience may affect chart success," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 30(3), pages 183-200, December.
  7. Jonathan Gander & Alison Rieple, 2004. "How Relevant is Transaction Cost Economics to Inter-Firm Relationships in the Music Industry?," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 28(1), pages 57-79, February.
  8. Andrés González-Moralejo, S & Compés López, R, 2009. "Problemas contractuales y acuerdos de subcontratación: El caso de la logística frigorífica en la industria alimentaria valenciana/," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 27, pages 279 (30 Pá, Abril.

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