publication . Research . Article . 2017

Does Popularity Matter in a TV Song Competition? Evidence from a National Music Contest

Oliver Budzinski; Julia Pannicke;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: Ilmenau: Technische Universität Ilmenau, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre
There is a considerable amount of literature analyzing factors of success in music contests, in particular those where the audience votes for the winner. However, one factor that is highlighted by the economic theory of stardom is generally neglected in the literature. In this paper, we tackle this research gap by focusing on a national music contest in Germany and investigating how popularity of the participating artists influences the final voting results. We employ two different concepts of popularity. First, we collected data regarding the artist's former success (MacDonald-popularity) using music charts data. Second, we proxy the media presence of the artis...
free text keywords: L82, Z10, Z19, popularity, superstar effect, biased voting, Bundesvision Song Contest, cultural economics, media economics, ddc:330, Voting, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Sociology, Empirical evidence, CONTEST, Proxy (climate), New media, Advertising
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