Survival of the Hippest: Life at the Top of the Hot 100
AbstractWe analyze the survival characteristics of recordings that reached the number one spot on the U.S. popular music charts over the period 1955 to 2003. Our results show that there has been a statistically significant change in the time spent at number one since “album cuts” were included in the compilation of Billboard’s Hot 100. Survival time is significantly improved if the recording is by a female solo artist, or if it is an instrumental tune. We also find a significant “Elvis effect”.
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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 17 Jun 2005
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Popular music; hit tunes; survival function; hazard function; duration model;
Other versions of this item:
- 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.
- C16 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Econometric and Statistical Methods; Specific Distributions
- C49 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Other
- Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature
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- NEP-ALL-2005-06-27 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2005-06-27 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-HIS-2005-06-27 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
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