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Survival of the hippest: life at the top of the hot 100

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We analyse the survival characteristics of recordings that reached the number one spot on the US popular music charts over the period 1955 to 2003. Our results show that there has been a statistically significant change in the time spent at number one since 'album cuts' were included in the compilation of Billboard 's Hot 100. Survival time is significantly improved if the recording is by a female solo artist, or if it is an instrumental tune. We also find a significant 'Elvis effect'. 'I'll never be a saint, it's true. I'm too busy surviving!' (Madonna, 1994)

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Economics, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., V8W 2Y2 Canada

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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