Ed Sheeran and Falling Homicide Rates

It's hard to believe that it is nearly 8 years since Ed Sheeran released what would be his breakthrough album +. What's even harder to believe is the strange relationship there appears to be between Sheeran releasing music and the falling rate of homicides in his Native country of England and neighboring nation of Wales. If you... Continue Reading →

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Who Really Won the Battle of Britpop? A 2019 Analysis

It's now over 20 years since the Battle of Britpop. For those of you not familiar with this event it was basically a competition between Oasis and Blur back in the 1990s to see which band could reach the number one spot the week they released their new singles in the UK. Blur released Country House and... Continue Reading →

Streaming Killed the Video Star

Video Killed the Radio Star is not just a very catchy song; it’s also a line which perfectly narrates the concept of creative destruction. This is a process whereby new innovations and changes in the market begin to replace older ones. The phrase was first coined by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942 in his... Continue Reading →

Why Musicians Sound Different Live

There is a lot of criticism gets thrown at musicians regarding their live performances. The majority of these critiques come from the musician sounding different live in concert to how they do on their album. This is actually a pretty common issue with musicians; it’s very hard to recreate what they do in the studio... Continue Reading →

Introduction to Econometrics – Music Econometrics

Econometrics is one of the most important tools in an economist’s arsenal. Econometric techniques allow economists to test hypotheses in economic theory in the real world and see if they are correct or not. Econometrics is the application of data analysis to economics, the word “Econ” refers to economics and “metrics” refers to quantitative measurement.... Continue Reading →

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