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Most Common Words in Album Names, Band Names and Song Titles

June 14, 2010
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Most Common Words in Album Names, Band Names and Song Titles

The Whitburn Project collects data about all the songs in the Billboard chart. We analyzed the data, which spans from 1890 to 2008, to find which words were most commonly used in album names, band names and song names. According to the results, a fairly cliched band name would be “Billy, The Orchestra, And His Band”,...
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Wolf Playing Flute in Higher Demand than Kitten Playing Piano

May 18, 2010
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Wolf Playing Flute in Higher Demand than Kitten Playing Piano

We took 10 popular animals and 10 popular musical instruments, created 100 permutations, and plotted a graph of how many people were searching Google for each permutation. A horse playing the guitar? That would be AWESOME. Click the image for the full-size (readable) graph. Source Data Keyword Global Monthly Searches horse guitar 40500 wolf...
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Paris Hilton: Following in the Footsteps of Aristotle and Franklin

May 5, 2010
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Paris Hilton: Following in the Footsteps of Aristotle and Franklin

From Wikipedia: A polymath is a person … whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas … the notion that people should embrace all knowledge and develop their capacities as fully as possible. Thus … gifted humans … sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social...
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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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