Cultural attributes and their influence on consumption patterns in popular music

Noah Askin*, Michael Mauskapf

*Corresponding author for this work

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7 Scopus citations


In this paper we leverage recent developments in the way scholars access, collect, and analyze data to reexamine consumption dynamics in popular music. Using web-based tools to construct a dataset that distills songs’ musical content into a handful of discrete attributes, we test whether and how these attributes affect a song’s position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Our analysis suggests that attributes matter, beyond the effect of artist, label, and genre affiliation. We also find evidence that the relational patterns formed between attributes-what we call cultural networks-crowds songs that are too similar to their neighbors, adversely affecting their movement up the charts. These results suggest that culture possesses its own sphere of influence that is partially independent of the actors who produce and consume it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics - 6th International Conference, SocInfo 2014, Proceedings
EditorsLuca Maria Aiello, Daniel McFarland
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319137339
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Nov 11 2014Nov 13 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014


  • Attributes
  • Consumption
  • Culture
  • Music
  • Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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