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Increasing Returns to Information in the U.S. Popular Music Industry

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Using data relating to ‘number one’ hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, we find clear evidence of increasing returns to information in the U.S. market for popular music. This evidence supports related findings for the motion picture industry in various countries, and for Broadway productions.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Victoria in its series Econometrics Working Papers with number 0510.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 07 Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:vic:vicewp:0510

Note: ISSN 1485-6441
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Keywords: Popular music; returns to information; Gibrat’s law; Zipf’s Law; Pareto’s law; stable distribution; Bose-Einstein dynamics;

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  1. Staffan Albinsson, 2013. "Swings and roundabouts: Swedish music copyrights 1980–2009," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 37(2), pages 175-184, May.
  2. Gaffeo, Edoardo & Scorcu, Antonello E. & Vici, Laura, 2008. "Demand distribution dynamics in creative industries: The market for books in Italy," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 257-268, September.
  3. Giles, David E., 2006. "Superstardom in the US popular music industry revisited," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 92(1), pages 68-74, July.
  4. 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.
  5. W. Walls, 2010. "Superstars and heavy tails in recorded entertainment: empirical analysis of the market for DVDs," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 261-279, November.
  6. Ivan Pitt, 2010. "Superstar effects on royalty income in a performing rights organization," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 34(3), pages 219-236, August.

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