Music by Numbers : The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the Music Industries /

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Intellect Books Ltd,, Bristol, England, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (280 p.) (2020)





Description based upon print version of record.OiNK's emergence and closure: The Pink Palace under siege.Front Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of contents -- Permissions -- Introduction -- Part i Winners and Losers -- 1 At the Sign of the Swingin' Symbol: The Manipulation of the UK Singles Chart -- Entering the chart -- Who is doing the counting? -- How wide is the survey? -- How are the figures represented? -- How frequent are the charts? -- What counts as a 'single'? -- Exiting the chart -- Notes -- References -- 2 The Gold Disc: One Million Pop Fans Can't Be Wrong -- The origins of the gold disc -- The gold standard -- Breakeven points -- Artists' incomeEmbracing change in the digital era -- Ignoring change in the digital era -- The golden audience -- Notes -- References -- 3 'I am a One in Ten': Success Ratios in the Recording Industry -- The origins of the one-in-ten statistic -- The prevalence of the one-in-ten statistic -- Uses and abuses of the one-in-ten statistic -- New music -- Investing in new music -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Part ii Policy -- 4 The Global Music Report: Selling a Narrative of Decline -- Access and candour -- A look at the data -- Unit shipments vs. unit sales -- Retail valuePerformance rights and synchronization licenses -- Copyright enforcement -- The broader music industry -- World rankings and global data -- 'Legitimate music' -- Conclusion -- Note -- References -- 5 Popular Music Funding in Canada -- Radio Starmaker Fund and FondsRadiostar -- RSF/FondsRadiostar and the industry -- The 2006 commercial radio review and defining emerging artists -- Conclusion -- References -- Part iii Live Music -- 6 Stop Making Census! Some Experiential Reflections on Conducting a Live Music Census -- Part one: Background -- Part two: Previous workPart three: Reporting the reports -- Part four: The context for the UK Live Music Census -- Part five: The UK Live Music Census in practice -- Part six: Issues and discussion -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- 7 What's It Worth? Calculating the Economic Value of Live Music1 -- Definitions of live music -- Components of the live industry's turnover -- Primary ticket sales -- Ticketing fees -- Secondary ticket sales -- Sponsorship -- Media licensing -- Ancillary spending at venues -- Live music vs. recorded music -- Note -- 8 Live Music vs. Recorded Music -- PRS for MusicWhat is the purpose of their reports? -- How is the statistical information categorized? -- Are performers able to assess their share of the money? -- UK Music -- What is the purpose of their reports? -- What do they include in the totals for 'recording' and 'live'? -- How is the statistical information categorized? -- Are performers able to assess their share of the money? -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Part iv Piracy -- 9 Selling the Numbers on Music Piracy to Burn Down the Digital Library -- The critical legal approach and the upward ratchet of copyright law -- OiNK's Pink PalaceThis edited collection examines statistics within the music industry. Its aim is to expose the historical and contemporary use and abuse of these numbers, both nationally and internationally. It addresses their impact on consumers' choices, upon the careers of musicians and upon the policies that governments and legislators make.