Friday Five: Why Last Year’s Chart Toppings Tracks Were So Miserable

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Friday Five
Last updated 22 January, 2018

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In this week’s Friday Five, we’re leading with a piece from Popb*tch that explores why most of last year’s chart toppers were slower and “sadder”. We’ve also got pieces from Red Bull Music Academy, Dancing Astronaut, Jacob’s Media and Hypebot. Have a good weekend ahead!

  1. Why Minor Key Tunes Are Major Successes – A majority of number one chart tunes this past year were written in minor keys. They’re also slower in tempo compared to hits from just the last five years. What caused this shift? Do real-world events have an impact on our listening preferences? Popb*tch has it Read more
  2. Dig Into The Red Bull DJ History Archive – Check out this trove of interviews with DJs and producers by Red Bull Music Academy filled with features and transcripts that are essential reading for dance music fans Read more
  3. The Awesome Power Of Music Nostalgia – There’s a ton of new music being put out today thanks to streaming and the accessibility of music production tools, but there’s also a huge demand for good old “catalogue” music. This piece by Jacob’s Media looks at why old school tunes, throwbacks and nostalgia are so compelling for today’s music lover Read more
  4. Why Ongoing Self-Education Is Crucial For Musicians – Once you’re out of school, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you don’t need to learn anything else to succeed. To stay competitive in a globally connected world, you need to keep refining and adding to your skill set. This piece by Hypebot explains Read more
  5. Top 7 Dance Music Producers Of 2017 – Dancing Astronaut lists its favourite DJ/producers from the past year, and it includes a mix of fresh faces and electronic music veterans Read more

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