Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 155–158 | Cite as

Selection models in the music industry: Comment

  • Thomas More Smith

In an earlier volume of this journal, Andrea Ordanini (2006) examines the extent to which the selection into the music industry—direct or agency—impacts an artist’s success in the Italian music charts. The selection model is considered ‘direct’ if the musician (or band) signs directly with one of the Major recording companies (Sony/BMG, Warner, Universal, and EMI) and is considered ‘agency’ if the artist (or band) signs with an independent recording company before signing with a Major. Ordanini suggests multiple hypotheses regarding the success of the artist as measured in the duration, frequency, intensity and speed by which an artist’s record reached and stayed on the charts.

Ordanini (2006) is quite successful in accomplishing two tasks: (1) establishing testable hypotheses regarding the relationship between the path (direct or agency) and the success of the artist, and (2) compiling data on 171 of the most successful artists on the Italian music charts between 1970 and 1996. There...


Great Intensity Agency Model Success Measure Multiple Hypothesis Italian Status 
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  1. Ordanini, A. (2006). Selection models in the music industry: How a prior independent experience may affect chart success. Journal of Cultural Economics, 30(3), 183–200.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Ordanini, A. (2007). Selection models in the music industry: Reply. Journal of Cultural Economics, doi: 10.1007/s10824-007-9040-0.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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