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New releases are now shorter, is streaming overriding artistic creativity?

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Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Six percent of hit songs were 2 minutes 30 seconds or shorter in 2018, up from just 1% five years before.

Stands to reason if artists are being paid per stream, long gone are the 10 or 15 minute tracks.

Read more:  https://qz.com/1519823/is-spotify-making-songs-shorter/

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Reply #1
Good thing there are still counterexamples.
https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Panopticon/The_Scars_of_Man_on_the_Once_Nameless_Wilderness_I_and_II/703415
Long songs, 5 of them are above 9 minutes, also excellent recording and mastering (not affected by loudness war unlike many).
I think there were a few more albums in 2018 showing these qualities too...

https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Elysian_Blaze/The_Virtue_of_Suffering/711351
this one is just a single song but it's over 18 minutes. also from 2018.

https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/In_the_Woods.../Cease_the_Day/734721
another example from 2018, pretty much all songs are above 6 minutes, and it's good

https://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Sargeist/Unbound/739387 worth mentioning too, even if median song length is "just" a bit above 4.5 minutes and the maximum is a bit above 6 minutes.
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Reply #2
As the article implies that's for Pop, Rap and Country music, mostly.

I guess for other more album-oriented genres, such as Rock (even for most Pop rock) it's just business as usual - albeit in ever-changing new formats (YT, Spotifiy and all that jazz).
Listen to the music, not the media.
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Reply #3
Even though it's usually said it's anyone's guess how long albums, as we know them, are still going to last.

I'm still hopefull that current artists,  whose career have spanned decades, are going to hold on to that familiar format and somehow influence, inspire newcomers in the genres I mentioned previously, to carry on this, erm, legacy.
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Reply #4
A weird statistics, especially since radio never liked songs which are longer than 3 minutes. I remember a song by a Germany band, which made fun of it. After 3 minutes a voice said to the radio dj that the song is over now.

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Reply #5
Not to mention the obnoxious "radio edits", such as Slash's shortened guitar solo in Gun N'Roses's "Sweet Child O'Mine", for instance.
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Reply #6
Before CD, albums were about 40 minutes long, unless the record company stumped up for a multi-disc release.

Then, with 80 minutes available on the silver disc, some artists filled that whole extra space with music... while many others used it as a dumping ground for worthless filler so we'd think we were getting VFM.

Now, things have changed again, but this time there is freedom to release something as long or short as one likes. I've got no problem with that, whether short and sweet, or long and exploratory.

 
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