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Journal of the Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association
Volume 13, Number 1

So What Does “Set Fire To The Rain” Really Mean? A Typology for Analyzing
Pop Song Lyrics Using Narrative Theory and Semiotics

Quint Randle, Brigham Young University
Keith Evans, Student, Brigham Young University

Lyrics that tell a story have always been a defining characteristic of American popular music, yet the narrativity of pop music is underrepresented in academic literature. This paper utilizes a combination of semiotics and narrative theory to present a systematic method that can be used to analyze and codify the lyrics of virtually any pop song into one of four major categories based on whether it has an open or closed reading and a defined or undefined narrative. It is hoped that this typology can be used both to better understand how pop music plays a role in cultural storytelling and to aid teachers and students in the development and understanding of songwriting pedagogy.

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In the

Vol. 13 No. 1 2013

The Three Tenors Antitrust Case: What Did We Learn? Paul Saintilan, Australian College of the Arts

The paper argues that the case influences the conceptualization and structuring of certain types of joint venture deals, that the core problem initially arose from attempting to address an internal conflict of interest issue within PolyGram, and the case demonstrates the confusing nature of antitrust law for a practicing music manager.

Budgeting for Crowdfunding Rewards. Luiz Augusto Buff, University of California Los Angeles School of Law; Peter Alhadeff, Berklee College of Music

The authors argue that raising funds online in return for rewards is based on too much guessing, when it should be more informed. Starting from recent Kickstarter data, they show, step by step and with a spreadsheet, how to prepare a professional crowdfunding budget that includes taxes, service fees, and contingency arrears. This type of budgeting is not as obvious as it seems, and the paper fills a gap in the current music business literature.

The Urbanization of the Billboard Top Album and Singles Charts: How SoundScan Changed the Game.  John P. Kellogg, Berklee College of Music

While some experts predicted the change would alter the make-up of specific genres of music appearing on the weekly monitors, few had the foresight to project the significant increase in certain types of music hitting the top of the charts after the alteration to these most important measurements of popularity of American music.

A Historical Investigation of Patterns in Sophomore Album Release.  Jennifer Fowler, Belmont University; Stuart J. Fowler, Middle Tennessee State University; Rush Hicks, Belmont University

Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard chart data for the periods 1993- 2003 are utilized to create a cohort panel dataset comprised of “Heatseekers” artists and groups for the purpose of studying historical patterns of sophomore album release. Following Hendricks and Sorensen (2008), the genres used in this study include Rock, Rap/R&B/Dance, and Country/ Blues.

Malcolm Chisholm: An Evaluation of Traditional Audio Engineering.  Paul S. Linden, University of Southern Mississippi

Interviews of former students and professional associates provide first-hand accounts of core philosophies, approaches, and equipment preferences. Opposing recording techniques including isolation versus ambience, live recording versus overdubbing, and the overall tolerance of imperfection distinguish the modern and traditional approaches.

Teaching Modern Production and Songwriting Techniques: What Makes a Hit Song? David Tough, Belmont University

This article attempts to answer several questions about the concept of hit song science (HSS) as related to the instruction of future music producers and songwriters. Hit song science is defined as the task that attempts to predict, prior to its distribution, whether a given song will be a commercial success solely based on its audio characteristics (De Bie, et al. 2011).

So What Does “Set Fire To The Rain” Really Mean? A Typology for Analyzing Pop Song Lyrics Using Narrative Theory and Semiotics.  Quint Randle, Brigham Young University; Keith Evans, Student, Brigham Young University

This paper utilizes a combination of semiotics and narrative theory to present a systematic method that can be used to analyze and codify the lyrics of virtually any pop song into one of four major categories based on whether it has an open or closed reading and a defined or undefined narrative.

Network Perspectives on the Relevance of New Revenue Streams in the Digital Era Music Industry.  Stanislas Renard, Colby College; Gregory Faulk, Belmont University; Peter Spang Goodrich, Providence College

The study offers quantifiable validation to its findings and informs us that the “new” revenue sources have not yet achieved their full economic potential but are already well positioned to undermine the dominance of the more traditional revenue streams in the music industry.

“If you scale back now, you probably lose everything”: State Tax Incentives and the Motion Picture Industry.  Patrick Preston, Bay State College

Examines the analyses of film production tax incentives by evaluators (key government agencies, industry stakeholders, and third parties) looking at U.S. state programs for developing their respective states into regional hubs for non-Los Angeles/New York City productions.

Student Paper

A Case Study on Spotify: Exploring Perceptions of the Music Streaming Service.  Kate Swanson, Indiana University

This study investigates the perceptions of streaming services like Spotify from the perspective of all parties involved: music industry professionals, artists, and consumers in order to identify perceived needs and positive developments.

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