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Data Display of the Day: Everything You Need to Know About 2013 Music Sales

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Driving to work today, I realized just how long it’s been since I purchased a piece of physical music, whether CD or vinyl. It isn’t that I don’t love music, it’s just that Spotify and other streaming sites have now become my dominant vehicle for listening to and exploring music. Through sites like Spotify and Pandora, I’ve discovered artists I would have otherwise only learned about from my local record shop, Park Ave. Cds. Because it’s so much easier to simply stream the artist and because these sites provide me with similar artists and a plethora of information on the artists folks are listening to know, I don’t see myself going back to the days of perusing through hundreds of albums and cds, listening patiently to the radio to hear my favorite song, or even buying albums digitally. The impact of streaming is the main focus of today’s infographic, “Everything You Need to Know About 2013 Music Sales.” Some interesting takeaways from this infographic:

  • There’s been a 32% increase in streaming from 2012 to 2013 and a 6% decrease in album sales.
  • In 2013, there were 118 billion music streams, which would have meant 59 million in album sales.
  • R&B and Rap were the only two genres that saw an increase in album sales in 2013.
  • People are buying more vinyl now than they have in the past, but overall vinyl sales only accounted for 2% of the industry.

Check out the infographic, created by Rolling Stone, below and the accompanying article from Daily Infographic by clicking the image.




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February’s TED Roundup: Malcolm Gladwell, Scott Rickard, and David Blaine

Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce

I love Malcolm Gladwell’s subdued, matter of fact, brilliantly witty storytelling. In this TED talk, Gladwell explores the tale of Howard Moskowitz, who revolutionized the spaghetti sauce industry by honing in on one important idea–there is no perfect spaghetti sauce, there are only perfect spaghetti sauces–in other words, people want choice, but they may not even be aware that they want a choice that is lacking. People crave variety; our ability to choose makes us happy. Diversity is the human experience, and nowhere is this clearer than in our food and taste choices.

Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music

One of the first TED talks we watch in class is Benjamin Zander’s talk on classical music. Through this talk, I’ve gained an appreciation of the complexities of classical music–the flawless combination of tone/mood and mathematics. What would music without pattern sound and look like? Would it still be pleasing? Beautiful? Is random ugly? Scott Rickard explores this idea in his TEDxMIA talk.

David Blaine: How I held my breath for 17 minutes

Okay, I admit it, I am a magic skeptic; I assume there’s some false angle, mirrors, a trap door, a mystery cubicle. However, for David Blaine, anything is possible, even surviving without air for 17 minutes. I am fascinated by Blaine’s passion for the impossible, for pushing his body to the absolute limit of human experience and beyond. Thankfully, his TED talk allows me to live this experience without the whole thread of bodily harm or death thing.

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