LIFE of a Song 

The aim of the ‘Life of a Song’ project is to analyse the economics of Imogen Heap’s song ‘Hide and Seek’ and explore its relationship with the wider music industry. From its release in 2005 to today, this research will breakdown the revenue streams for the song, as well as look at other factors, such as the impact of sync deals, remixes and samples’.

The ultimate goal of this project is to explore and visualise how the current global music industry works through the lens of a song, creating a web application that will show three major segments: the biography, the revenue streams and the songs breakdown. Together, these will map the current state of the industry and the grey areas in the system.

BIOGRAPHY of a Song

Storytelling

Changes in technology since 2005

Official and unofficial collaborations and remixes (Jason Derulo, Tiesto, Felon)

Organisations and people involved

Where the song was used and performed

REVENUE Streams of a Song

Analysis of Imogen’s various income streams

UK and overseas

Income sources and categories

BREAKDOWN of a Song

Copyright law and Intellectual property

Music Copyright, ownership and controls

Licensing

Contracts

Use cases breakdown and percentages

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