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Math and the Music Industry

This is an interesting article from NPR about how much it costs to make a hit pop song.


Using a Rhianna song as an example, this article breaks down the approximate costs for songwriters, producers, engineering, and marketing.

Before reading the article, take a guess as to how much of the money spent on making a “hit” song goes to creative artists:  you’ll almost certainly be surprised.

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  1. Mathematician
    September 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Does this estimate work for other genres?

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