Archive for April, 2010

D Major: The Song Key of Winners

April 23, 2010
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D Major: The Song Key of Winners

We analyzed the musical key of 70 UK number one singles from the past five years. Although the results are by no means statistically significant, let’s pretend they are, otherwise I’ve just wasted my time researching this stuff. In which case, you’d better compose your songs in D Major, which our results show is...
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Celebrity Egos: Putting the “I” into Taylor Swift

April 21, 2010
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Celebrity Egos: Putting the “I” into Taylor Swift

We analyzed the narcissism of ten high-profile online celebrities by counting the usage of “I”, “Me” and “My” in their last 100 tweets on Twitter. In our limited group, the long-time Twitter-using couple Demi Moore (@mrskutcher) and Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) exhibited the least ego, with the young Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) talking about herself the...
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Steven Seagal Fans Not Interested in a Naughty Movie

April 20, 2010
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Steven Seagal Fans Not Interested in a Naughty Movie

We listed the celebrities that people were searching for in the last 7 days, using Google Insights for Search. We then used the Google Keyword Tool, together with standard Google search results, to research how many people were interested in naughty videos of each celebrity-of-the-moment. Note that Pam(ela) Anderson appears twice due to variations...
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Turning Rick Astley into a Nightmare Fairground Soundtrack

April 18, 2010
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Turning Rick Astley into a Nightmare Fairground Soundtrack

Run a Spectrum Analyzer against Rick Astley’s hit track “Never Gonna Give You Up”, and you’ll get an image of the frequencies used in the song; a sample of such an image is shown above (Side Note: Does this violate copyright? You can reconstruct part of the song from it). This particular analysis was...
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Leonard Cohen and N-Dubz Lyrics: Comparing Songwriters Between Generations

April 16, 2010
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Leonard Cohen and N-Dubz Lyrics: Comparing Songwriters Between Generations

Most people would agree that the best songwriters of their respective generations are Leonard Cohen and N-Dubz. We decided to take a popular song from each artist, and run a quick analysis of the lyrics, to allow a more scientific comparison of the similarities between these poets. For Leonard Cohen, we chose Sisters of...
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Cheap Concert Tickets Despised By Old Men

April 14, 2010
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Cheap Concert Tickets Despised By Old Men

Analyzing the average concert ticket prices tracked by Pollstar, the long-tail distribution of prices becomes clear, with a few fat-cats charging up to 5.5 times the average $30. The data, which tracks the average US ticket price sold by almost 1,500 musical artists over the last 12 months, shows that a little under 1%...
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