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Cool Music Facts You Didn't Know

You can't always get what you want, but you can learn these cool music facts you didn't know before.

By Emily McCayPublished 7 years ago 1 min read
  • Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was reported to have earned over $50 million in royalties. (Wikipedia)
  • There were 431,700,000,000 on-demand music streams in 2016. That’s 120 billion more on-demand streams than in 2015, a 39.2 percent increase. (Nielsen)
  • A single violin is made from more than 70 individual pieces of wood. (Classic FM)
  • In mid-2011, The "Lady Blunt" Stradivarius violin sold for a world record $15.9 million. (Barron's)
  • Breaking an artist in a major market costs between $500,000 and $2 million. This includes:
  • Advance for the artist ($50,000 - $350,000)
  • Recording costs ($150,000 - $500,000)
  • Video production costs ($50,000 - $300,000)
  • Tour support ($50,000 - $150,000)
  • Marketing and promotional costs ($200,000 - $700,000) (IFPI)
  • There are only a few activities in life that utilizes the entire brain. Listening to music is one of them. (ScienceDaily)
  • 40 percent of musicians' dreams contain musical content. That number drops down to about 18 percent for non-musicians. (Mental Floss)
  • On New Year's Eve 1994, Rod Stewart performed in front of 3,500,000 people at Copacabana Beach, one of the most attended concerts of all time. (Wikipedia)

  • That many people could fill Madison Square Garden 168 times.
  • Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents. (Guinness World Records)
  • In 2016, there were 724,000,000 digital song downloads, a 25 percent drop from 2015. (Nielsen)

  • Studies show that students who have a musical education, on average, score 100 total points higher on their SATs. (NAfME)

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    • The world's longest lasting concert will take 639 years to complete. It took 10 years to complete 11 chord changes. (Huffington Post)
    • Leo Fender, the creator of the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar, never learned to play the instrument. (Britannica)
    • Perfect pitch is “The ability to recognize the pitch of a note or to produce any given note.” Studies show about one in 10,000 people are born with it. Many never discover they have it. (Creativity Post)
    • The song "Happy Birthday" brings in $2 million per year on average in royalties. That's over $5,000 per day. (Wikipedia)
    • Studies show that music can trigger physiological changes that modulate blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, improving your heart's health. (Scientific American)

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