Taking the lead in music

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The German band Kraftwerk, one of the pioneers of electronic music, is performin
The German band Kraftwerk, one of the pioneers of electronic music, is performing at a concert in 2008. The band members are using novel music instruments, such as vocoder. Andriy Makukha, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Researchers studying the science of cultural evolution have conducted a comprehensive study of the role of ’first-mover advantage’ in music, the power of being first, mirroring the concept’s proven importance in the business world. Data collected from nearly one million songs across 110 music genres supports the hypothesis that pioneering artists and bands who lay the groundwork for new genres achieve greater popularity than their later contemporaries. ...

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