By aggregating historical and current data from Billboard, Spotify, Shazam, Apple Music, and iTunes, and more, MusicID is an all-in-one platform that has revolutionized music research. We are often asked how the data of our platform can be used. The case studies below illustrate only some of the endless applications.

MusicID is much more than raw sets of numbers. Read a few of our short case studies and learn how MusicID’s built-in visualisation tools help researchers to make startling insights quickly and easily, with only a few clicks.


The Year the 80s Died: Nirvana, Michael Jackson & Metallica in 1991 

Katie Straker (PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Featured Case Study

Reggaeton without Blackness

Eduard Arriaga

(Clarke University, 2021 MusicID Digital Research Fellowship Recipient)

The Beatles vs. Musicals: What was even bigger than Beatlemania?

Katie Straker (PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

The Beatles vs. Musicals: What was even bigger than Beatlemania?

Kathry Straker (PhD Candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Passing the Beat: Crossover Artists in the U.S., U.K., and Japan
Steven Braun used data from MusicID to create a visual representation of the crossover success of American, British, and Japanese artists on their respective singles charts.

Steve Braun, Data Analytics and Visualization Specialist at Northeastern University

Musical Influence Network Analysis and Rank of Sample-based Music
Nicholas J. Bryan and Ge Wang, Stanford University

Reggaeton without Blackness

Eduard Arriaga (Clarke University)

In 2007 Radiohead parted ways with their record label, EMI

The label had agreed to be purchased by private equity firm Terra Firma that same year. Subsequently, the band self-released their following album In Rainbows on a direct to consumer, pay-what-you-want model via download on their website.

The Geography of Pop Music Superstars

Dr. Richard Floridaand Patrick Adler used data provided by Music ID to identify the 50 top-selling artists between 1950 to 2014. They then used this information to create a locational database in order to determine which cities produced pop’s biggest hit-makers.

Dr. Richard Florida, University of Toronto Professor and Senior Editor at The Atlantic, and Patrick Adler, a Ph.D. student at UCLA

Derivative Works 2.0: Reconsidering Transformative Use in the Age of Crowdsourced Creation
Jacqueline D. Lipton & John Tehranian, Northwestern University Law Review
Toward Hip-Hop Pedagogies for Music Education
Adam J. Kruse, University of Illinois

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