Mapping Ireland’s Major Music Festivals

This year I started writing posts comparing the size of the headlining acts of various festivals to see which festivals' headliners were bigger. To do this I looked at the three headlining acts for festivals and added up their combined number of monthly listeners on Spotify and then compared them to the headliners of other... Continue Reading →

Yesterday Film And The Beatles Back In The Charts

Several of the posts on this site look at the effect which the release of a film about a musician has on the consumption of that musician's music. Most recently I looked at how the release of Rocketman sent Elton John's music back into the charts, and before that I looked at the release of Bohemian Rhapsody and Queen's music. Well with the... Continue Reading →

Investment and Original Music

The music industry is one of the most difficult industries in the world to try and make a living in. This is because the majority of the money within the industry is controlled by a disproportionately small number of people within it. Basically the top 1% of musicians earn the vast majority of the money... Continue Reading →

The Rise of Donegal Sea Sessions

This site by in large is a blog which tries to explain basic economic concepts using examples from the music industry. However, it also occasionally provides an economic analysis of events in the music industry in order to provide commentary on the world of music. A popular example of this was the recent analysis of... Continue Reading →

Why So Many Rich People Aren’t Happy

Within the history of music there are many examples of tragic figures who have achieved incredible success but don't seem to be any happier for it. Kurt Cobain is one of the greatest examples of this. Cobain had a difficult childhood with his parents divorcing and him bouncing from home to home sometimes spending the... Continue Reading →

Booking Pink Floyd in 1969

Pink Floyd are one of the most successful acts of all time. They have sold in excess of 250,000,000 albums worldwide and have more than 10,000,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. I'm personally a big fan of them and David Gilmour happens to be my favourite guitarist so I can understand their incredible level of success.... Continue Reading →

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