Study Explains Why “Simple Instrumental” Songs Sell


Do you ever feel like every time you turn on the radio, all the stations are all playing songs that sound almost the same that you could swear they were the same song?

Well, then it should come as no surprise that simple music sell, at least scientifically.

According to a recent study by PLOS One Journal, it’s been proven that music just keeps getting simpler to the point that songs begin to sound all the same. The study attributes this to the lack of complexity when it comes to instrumentals on any given track.

The study found that “album sales of a given style typically increase with decreasing instrumentals complexity” which would lead to “music becoming increasingly formulaic in terms of instrumentation once commercial or mainstream success sets in.”

We can’t say that we didn’t already know this, especially with the increased usage of auto-tune on almost every other song that charts or the same four-chords being played repeatedly.

The sample used for the experiment included more than half a million albums from 15 genres and 374 styles of music including jazz, rock, metal, pop, and so forth. The study resulted in the scientists creating a formula to determine and prove their hypothesis, though we ‘re more than confused on what it means. And we passed pre-cal.

Look at it here.


The album used were record between 1955-2011 giving them more than 50 years of music to use for the experiment. They also analyzed nearly 500 instruments while conducting the study.

“This can be interpreted as music becoming increasingly formulaic in terms of instrumentation under increasing sales numbers due to a tendency to popularize music styles with low variety and musicians with similar skills,” the study explains.

This is probably why every other song on the radio sound eerily the same, hence the confusion sometimes.

The Atlantic has pointed out that genres like “euro house” and “disco” decreased have decreased the complexity of their instrumentals which, according to the study, earned them a higher album sale average, while genres like “alternative rock” and “hip-hop” have gotten more complex with instrumentals leading to a decline in average album sales.

Idina Menzel and Jimmy Fallon Take on ‘Frozen’


Last night, Idina Menzel or shall we call her Adele Nazeem took to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform her Academy Award winning song “Let it Go” from Frozen.

The cute video features Fallon, The Roots and Menzel playing kiddie instruments that you would find in a music class at your local elementary school including the likes of a small electronic piano, a color xylophone, a triangle and a couple of blocks.

If the scene looks familiar to you, then you’d be right. Last Summer, Fallon did the same kind of skit with Robin Thicke where they performed “Blurred Lines” with the same kiddie instruments.

Watch the adorable clip below and have fun singing along to it.

Watch Brendon Urie Play All Instruments for ‘This is Gospel’


For those that think that Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie is just a pretty face that can sing, well, prepare to be surprise.

In a video that was provided by Alternative Press, the frontman goes on to play every instrument used on one of the band’s new tracks, “This is Gospel” from their recently released album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die.

Panic! at the Disco are finishing up their current American tour and are slated to begin their European tour at the end of April. Current your dates can be seen below.

(North American dates):

2/7- Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/8- Miami, FL @ Fillmore
2/9- Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
2/11- Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/14- Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
2/15- Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre

(European tour dates)
4/28 – Tilburg, Netherlands @ The 013
4/29- Antwerp, Belgieum @ Trix
5/1- Berlin, Germany @ Astra
5/2- Dusseldorf, Germany @ Stahlwerk
5/3- Strasbourg, France @ Artefacts at La Laiterie
5/4- Paris, France @ Trianon
5/7- Glasgow, UK @ Academy
5/8- Manchester, UK @ Apollo
5/9- London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
5/12- Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre
5/13- Belfast, Ireland @ Mandela Hall