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[ecrea] Call for Chapters: Music by Numbers: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the Music Industry

Mon Jan 23 16:17:40 GMT 2017

*Call for Chapters: /Music by Numbers: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in the Music Industry/*

_Editors ___

Dave Laing and Richard Osborne


_Call for Chapters ___

Proposal submission: 31 March 2017

Full chapters due: 31 October 2017

_Introduction ___

The music industries have always been concerned, even obsessed, with numbers, whether those of chart placings, sales awards, website hits, ticket sales or listener figures. They operate on a premise that only a small ratio of artists will succeed. They issue statistics that show the importance of their contribution to GDP or the need for protection from pirates and touts. There are also numbers that are not made public: streaming royalties; breakeven points; the division of profits; algorithms. And there are numbers that they cannot deal with yet: big data is accumulating but there are problems with accessing it, sharing it and making the best use of it.

These numbers warrant closer inspection. The industries’ statistics can determine what consumers get to hear and what evidence governments and legislators base their policies on. This edited collection seeks to illuminate the historic and contemporary use and abuse of statistics in the music industries, both nationally and internationally.

_Possible Topics ___

Themes may include but are not confined to:

Sales charts

Sales awards

Success rates (hits vs. misses) and record industry R&D spending

Industry sales, usage and collection data

Piracy statistics

Figures used in campaigns to extend copyright

Research data on P2P file-sharing

Festival economic impact data

Streaming royalties

Global Rights Databases

Employment figures and contribution to GDP

Relative sizes of sectors of the music industries

The use of statistics in radio

Big Data

Corporate quarterly results

Academic approaches to industry data

Please submit proposals to: (dave.laing47 /at/ <mailto:(dave.laing47 /at/> and (R.Osborne /at/ <mailto:(R.Osborne /at/>

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