Will algorithmic playlist curation be the end of music stardom?

Wikstrom, Patrik (2015) Will algorithmic playlist curation be the end of music stardom? Journal of Business Anthropology, 4(2), pp. 278-284.

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It is 2015 and there are no indications that the relentless digital transformation of the music economy is about to slow down. Rather, the music economy continues to rapidly reinvent itself and industry powers, positions and practices that were redefined only a few years ago are being questioned once again. This paper examines the most recent changes of the music economy as it moves from a product-based towards an access-based logic. The paper starts out by recognising the essential role of technology in the evolution of the music economy. It then moves on to a discussion about the rise of so-called access-based music business models and points out some of the controversies and debates that are associated with these models and online services. With this as a background the paper explores how access-based music services and the algorithmically curated playlists developed by these services transform the relationship between artists, music and fans and challenges the music industrial power relationships and established industry practices once again.

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ID Code: 89229
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This article is part of the Opinion section titled: "All about Creativity and Innovation" in this issue
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Keywords: Music industry, Digital disruption
ISSN: 2245-4217
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author
Deposited On: 19 Oct 2015 05:41
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 18:02

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