My article on Desert Island Discs from April 2020 has been, by some margin, the most popular page on this site, in terms of number of visitors. Last year, I was approached by some researchers from the Alan Turing Institute about sharing the data with them so that they could do their own analysis. I was delighted to see this Turing Data Story appear on their website in March this year – they have updated my dataset, added further information from Wikipedia and Spotify, and looked at some different questions. Excellent stuff!Continue reading →
I’m delighted to have my article about power laws and musical fame and obscurity featured on the cover of this month’s Significance magazine.
It has been a pleasure to work with the editor Brian Tarran to get the article ready for publication. It is a condensed version of my longer paper Fame, Obscurity and Power Laws in Music History, published a couple of months ago.