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dc.contributor.authorHaampland, Ola
dc.identifier.citationJournal of New Music Research. 2017, 46 (4), 356-380nb_NO
dc.description.abstractThe existence of highly skewed success distributions in the music industry has been repeatedly demonstrated by scholars, but there still is no agreement about how these shapes relate to concepts like ‘talent’, ‘reputation’, and ‘quality’. Starting from the theories of Rosen (1981) and Adler (1985), this article concentrates mainly on the phenomenon referred to as cumulative advantage, as one of the leading candidate mechanisms to explain the formation of the ‘power law-like’ distributions found in e.g. the sales of music recordings. We make the case for the pivotal role of the market share approach in the music industry and demonstrate its efficacy as a ‘success measure’ methodology by providing a descriptive summary with regard to ‘connotations’ of cumulative advantage based on fifty years of Billboard Hot 100 history. Our results indicate that, while records that have sold well will keep on selling, the same might not be true for recording artists. However, a modest ‘star power’ effect may have represented a small but vital edge for the oligopoly of multinational recording companies. The methodology suggested in this article should provide students of ‘hit song science’ and the likes with a more rigorous approach to appraising commercial success, as well as a comprehensive background as to its origin and relevance to popular music studies.nb_NO
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.subjectBillboard Hot 100nb_NO
dc.subjecteconomics of superstarsnb_NO
dc.subjectcumulative advantagenb_NO
dc.subjectmarket sharenb_NO
dc.subjectpower lawsnb_NO
dc.subjecthit song sciencenb_NO
dc.titlePower laws and market shares: cumulative advantage and the Billboard Hot 100nb_NO
dc.typeJournal articlenb_NO
dc.typePeer reviewednb_NO
dc.source.journalJournal of New Music Researchnb_NO
cristin.unitnameInstitutt for Økonomifag

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