2015/01/07: A new study, surveying more than 500,000 albums, shows simplicity sells best across all music genres. As something becomes popular, it necessarily dumbs down and becomes more formulaic. So if you're wondering why the top 10 features two Meghan Trainor songs that sound exactly the same and two Taylor Swift songs that sound exactly the same, scientists think they finally have the answer.
in nearly every case, as genres increase in popularity, they also become more generic.
Record labels can use services like Shazam and HitPredictor to see which songs will break out next with surprising accuracy.
Top 40 stations last year played the 10 biggest songs almost twice as much as they did a decade ago.