Case Studies

Data for a Deeper Understanding

Variance of the Life Cycle of # 1 Singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from the 1960s to 2010s.

In 2007 Radiohead parted ways with their record label, EMI. The label had agreed to be purchased by private equity firm Terra Firma that same year. Subsequently, the band self-released their following album ‘In Rainbows’ on a direct to consumer, pay what you want model via download on their website.

By aggregating historical and current data from Billboard, Spotify, Shazam, Apple Music, and iTunes, and more, Music ID is an all-in-one platform that has revolutionized music research. Using Music ID, you can easily find the answers to such questions as:

Exciting Work Already Being Done Using Music ID

Passing the Beat: Crossover Artists in the U.S., U.K., and Japan

Steven Braun, Data Analytics and Visualization Specialist at Northeastern University, used data from Music ID to create a visual representation of the crossover success of American, British, and Japanese artists on their respective singles charts.


The Geography of Pop Music Superstars

Dr. Richard Florida, University of Toronto Professor and Senior Editor at The Atlantic, and Patrick Adler, a Ph.D. student at UCLA, used data provided by Music ID to identify the 50 top-selling artists between 1950 to 2014. They then used this information to create a locational database in order to determine which cities produced pop’s biggest hit-makers.


Evolutionary History of 50 years of Music Charts Using Big Data Analysis

Our partners at Queen Mary University of London have brought together evolutionary biologists and computer scientists to study the evolution of pop music using data from Music ID.