Lady Gaga Comp-p-p-pletes Comprehensive Linguistics Study

April 12, 2010
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According to a scientific study undertaken by the singer Lady Gaga, oh, mmm and ooh are the three most successful phonemes in modern popular music.

By analysing the frequency of phonemes used in her hit singles, which she sometimes had to awkwardly force into the music to conduct the survey, and comparing against the number of platinum albums (in US, UK and Australia) that each single produced, the success of each phoneme could be calculated.

Lady Gaga Phoneme Frequency/Success

Although her results point to oh, mah and mum producing the most success, it turns out that oh, mmm and ooh are the most efficient at producing platinums per mention.

Miss Gaga also kindly released her source data for public consumption:

Track No. Platinums Phoneme Mentions
Just Dance 8 oh 11
da 24
doo 24
mmm 12
Poker Face 11 mum 45
mah 15
oh 12
p- 50
Eh, Eh 0 eh 46
Bad Romance 3 rah 12
ah 18
ooh 6
la 12
mah 18
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