Step aside, men: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness, upward trend in female chart toppers

This post was originally published on this site

I’m gunna let you finish, Kanye, but uh…

Female singers with upbeat dance songs are far more likely to top the music charts nowadays, according to new findings by researchers at the University of California, Irvine. The study also found a downward musical trend in happiness and an increase in sadness.

The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, examined 500,000 popular songs released in the UK over a three decade period, from 1985 and 2015, and categorized them each based on their mood.

“‘Happiness’ is going down, ‘brightness’ is going down, ‘sadness’ is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more ‘danceable’ and more ‘party-like,’” co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press.

Of course, researchers emphasize that a gradual decrease in the average “happiness” index does not mean that all successful songs in 1985 were “happy” and all successful songs in 2015 were “sad.” They were looking for average trends in the acoustic properties of music and the moods describing the sounds.

The overall mood shifts in the songs’ musical elements fall in line with past studies that have examined lyrical content changes over the years. They have found that positive emotions, on the whole, have declined; while indicators of loneliness and social isolation have increased.

“So it looks like, while the overall mood is becoming less happy, people seem to want to forget it all and dance,” says Komarova, a mathematician and evolutionary biologist who led the study. She added, “The public seems to prefer happier songs, even though more and more unhappy songs are being released each year.”

Some songs with a low happiness index in 2014 include “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith, “Whispers” by Passenger and “Unmissable” by Gorgon City. Songs from 1985 with a high happiness index include “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen, “Would I Lie to You?” by the Eurythmics, and “Freedom” by Wham!

Additionally, researchers found the most successful musical genres of recent are dance and pop, with a “clear downward trend” in the success of rock, beginning in the early 2000s.

The researchers also found that the “maleness” of songs — or the frequency of male singers in popular music — has decreased over the last 30 years. “Interestingly, successful songs exhibit their own distinct behavior: They tend to be happier, more party-like, less relaxed and more likely to be sung by a woman than most.”

The same trends hold true for the US market, based on a preliminary review of data by researchers. A few 2014 hits that meet the study’s qualifications for successful pop music include Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off,” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass.”

The findings arrive at a critical time when the music industry is grappling with issues of gender inequality, where men are overwhelmingly dominating the visible ranks of artists and songwriters, despite studies such as these, which show a strong cultural/consumer yearning for female dance/pop hits in the contemporary global music climate.

Read the fully study by UC Irvine here.

H/T: Stereogum

Study Of Pop Music Finds Rise In Sadness

This post was originally published on this site

A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California … More »

I Regret To Inform You That My Nemesis Charlie Puth Is Getting His Shit Together

This post was originally published on this site

Charlie PuthCharlie Puth is ridiculous, but more importantly, he is meticulous. His music is toothless, but his commitment to that music and its spoils is ruthless. More »

MK delivers house take of Sam Smith’s ‘Pray’ [Stream]

This post was originally published on this site

Sam Smith’s smooth vocals settle in nicely on house tracks. Disclosure knew it and exemplified it on “Latch,” and now, MK proves that he too has noted the fluid electronic crossover potential inherent in Smith’s voice on his remix of Smith’s song, “Pray.”

MK doubles down minute wise on his house oriented take of the track that originally appeared on Smith’s 2017 album, The Thrill Of It All. Extending the length of his revamp, and situating it just past the six-minute mark, MK reworks “Pray” in his addition of reverberating—and at times, subtly trumpeting synths—and percussive elements that lend a sense of rhythm to MK’s vision. These same rhythmically constituting components resurface in the moments in which the remix builds, aiding the pulsating drop that elevates MK’s remix to the status of a bonafide club pleaser.

MK Delivers Near Perfect Remix Of Sam Smith’s Hit Record – ‘Pray’

This post was originally published on this site

Sam Smith has been a mainstay in dance music ever since he was featured on Disclosure’s megahit ‘Latch’. The track was so iconic that many fans unfamiliar with the brothers thought that Sam Smith was, in fact, part of the group officially. Smith’s vocals are on a different level from just about anyone else in

The post MK Delivers Near Perfect Remix Of Sam Smith’s Hit Record – ‘Pray’ appeared first on EDM Sauce.

Lil Dicky Is Making A Career Out Of Being Charismatic And Problematic In Equal Measure

This post was originally published on this site

It takes real talent to create a song based on the premise that Chris Brown is the man and end up with something likable. For three minutes and 36 seconds — or 5:21 if you’re watching the music video, as more than 57 million people have so far — that’s the illusion “Freaky Friday” successfully … More »

30 Break Up Songs To Help You Get Through The Rough Times

This post was originally published on this site

Relationships are tough. In the aftermath of a breakup, you’ll need to take some to heal. Whether that means crying your eyes out or listening to sad break up songs in the car, we get it. We’ve all been there before. The heart wants what it wants and we’re here to help you get through

The post 30 Break Up Songs To Help You Get Through The Rough Times appeared first on EDM Sauce.

Rumors Begin To Spread About Collaborations As Zedd Post Picture With Sam Smith

This post was originally published on this site

Following Sam Smith’s stunning performance at the 2018 Grammys, everyone is wondering what the pop star is up to next. Aside from releasing his cover of “Burning” and “Get Here” for the Spotify Singles collection, Zedd posted a photo next to Sam Smith and rumors have began to spread. While it may be just an

The post Rumors Begin To Spread About Collaborations As Zedd Post Picture With Sam Smith appeared first on EDM Sauce.

You Gotta Respect Fall Out Boy’s Commitment To Being A Little Much

This post was originally published on this site

Fall Out Boy have always been a lot. God gave singer-guitarist Patrick Stump indestructible musclebound vocal cords that cannot be contained, and he fully indulges their powers. Musically, his songs tend to be big and bold, often dispensing with conventional notions of good taste in their pursuit of stadium-sized glory. As a lyricist, bassist Pete … More »

Grammys 2018: Performances From Worst To Best

This post was originally published on this site

Before this year’s Grammys, news broke that Lorde would not be performing at the ceremony, since the producers wouldn’t let her sing one of her own songs — an invitation extended to all four other Album Of The Year nominees, all of whom were men. So in looking at this year’s performances, of which … More »