Choosing the right tempo may have an effect on your song’s likelihood of making it to the global charts, or even how many times it is streamed. So which tempo is best? To illuminate this subject, we used our Tag API to analyze 1806 songs from the Spotify Global Weekly Top 200 charts, gleaned from 104 charts between 2019 and 2021.
The question of gender equity is an important one in the music industry, and data has the power to stimulate useful discussions that can lead to change. So we decided to ask: are men and women equally represented in popular music? And if representation is not equal, why?
To answer these questions, we gathered the last 2 years of Spotify Top 200 Weekly charts – 104 weeks in total. Every week, 200 songs make it to these charts by virtue of their streaming numbers. That’s 20800 songs in total. After eliminating duplicates, we found that there were only 1806 unique songs. We analyzed these songs and our results are as follows:
We analyzed 1587 songs that made it to the USA Spotify Viral 50 charts during 2019 and 2020 to find out which Moods were most popular and correlated with commercial success.
Our Music Strategist, Xiao’an tests our search technology as he tries to find similar music to the Star Wars theme tune in Melodie Music’s library.
What makes a hit? We used our Hit Potential algorithm to analyze two commercial hits – Dynamite by BTS and Girl Like Me by Black Eyed Peas and Shakira – by the second.
Many commercial music decisions are made based solely on gut feel. But given that 21m+ tracks are released on streaming platforms yearly, A&R executives know what it’s like to be inundated in low quality demos. The question: Can an AI be trained to help in this process?