The Music Industry Is Literally Brainwashing You, Here's How

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PostThu Aug 21, 2014 11:14 pm » by Giovanni


The Music Industry Is Literally Brainwashing You to Like Bad Pop Songs — Here's How

Last summer it was "Blurred Lines." This summer it's "Fancy." Every year, there's a new song that we all hate until we don't anymore (see: playcounts). And it turns out that's because we were brainwashed to like them.

Research suggests that repeated exposure is a much more surefire way of getting the general public to like a song than writing one that suits their taste. Based on an fMRI study in 2011, we now know that the emotional centers of the brain — including the reward centers — are more active when people hear songs they've been played before. In fact, those brain areas are more active even than when people hear unfamiliar songs that are far better fits with their musical taste.

This happens more often than you might think. After a couple dozen unintentional listens, many of us may find ourselves changing our initial opinions about a song — eventually admitting that, really, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" isn't as awful as it sounds. PBS' Idea Channel's Mike Rugnetta explains, it's akin to a musical "Stockholm syndrome," a term used originally by criminologist Nils Bejerot to describe a phenomenon in which victims of kidnapping may begin to sympathize with their captors over time.


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Most people assume that they hear a song everywhere because it's popular. That's not the case — a song is popular because it's played everywhere. It is technically illegal for major labels to pay radio stations directly to play certain songs, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. The phenomenon is called "payola" (an amalgam of the words pay and Victrola), and it was rampant in the 1960s up through the '80s, during which period the music industry was literally run by the mob. It still happens today, even though it isn't as blatant. Labels pay independent promoters to "incentivize" radio stations to play their music, or create program caps to make sure a song gets enough plays to have its effect. There's real neuroscience behind the strategy: If you hear something enough, you'll start to like it.

That Stockholm effect happens with culture, too. The scientific term for this phenomenon is the "mere exposure effect," discovered in the '60s by Robert Zajonc, and it can apply to anything — images, shapes, songs or people. In his study, participants reported liking songs more the second and third times they were exposed to them. This same response occurred even when participants weren't aware of any previous exposure. It seems then that people can easily mistake the fluidity of their ability to identify and fully comprehend a song with actually liking it. So once a song gets stuck in your head it may quickly transition from being irritating to being beloved. A good example of this is the inexplicable popularity of ear worms like the Black Eyed Peas' truly heinous "I Gotta Feeling."


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Other scientific factors matter just as much, though. The context in which you hear a song is often just as important as the qualities of the song itself in communicating meaning, and the more times it's forced upon us the more opportunities we have to make positive associations. If someone hears Ariana Grande's smash hit "Problem" every time they're out with their friends, they will likely start to associate it with good times and good feelings regardless of the song's actual lyrics. Songs that the industry foists upon us constantly, then, have a far better shot at becoming popular than ones without the machine behind them.


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Ultimately, we have way less of an idea of why we like the things we do. Numerous social and cognitive factors make it very easy for the pop music industry to gather an audience for artists they decide are worth promoting, and once we've been initiated to those artists, there's no turning back. The industry knows that well, and they manipulate it constantly. But even amidst all that science and big business maneuvering, there's one truth: If you play a really bad song too much, people will still figure it out for themselves.

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PostThu Aug 21, 2014 11:39 pm » by Boondox681


i have the solution.
listen to slayer.
i have no idea who any of these people are nor have i ever heard any of this genre of music.
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PostFri Aug 22, 2014 1:32 am » by Marcydare


Sorry,this is off subject but I have always been curious about music,
the way certain songs get stuck in your head even though you really do not care for them.
John Todd has a very interesting take, through his own dealings
with the music industry.

Todd, says that songs are in fact "spells" and that records are actually
presented to the "dark spirits" to be blessed by them to make money
and further the careers of the artist. is he right ? who knows ?

But, that would go a long in explaining why I cant get that terrible song
"Down below" by The Pretty reckless, out of my head. :headscratch:

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PostFri Aug 22, 2014 5:16 am » by Chaindrive2.5


Marcydare wrote:Sorry,this is off subject but I have always been curious about music,
the way certain songs get stuck in your head even though you really do not care for them.
John Todd has a very interesting take, through his own dealings
with the music industry.

Todd, says that songs are in fact "spells" and that records are actually
presented to the "dark spirits" to be blessed by them to make money
and further the careers of the artist. is he right ? who knows ?

But, that would go a long in explaining why I cant get that terrible song
"Down below" by The Pretty reckless, out of my head. :headscratch:



Its more about subliminal messages then some hocus pocus (GREAT song!) mumble jumble voodoo curse bullshit..

If you know anything about brain waves (Brain Waves Frequencies: Gamma , Beta , Alpha) and the effects on the human mind AND you have at least Adobe Audition 1.5 or Cool Edit Pro 2.0 (same thing) theres a feature on there called "Brainwave Synchronizer"

Brainwave Synchronizer can produce files that, when listened to with stereo headphones,
will put the listener into any desired state of awareness. For example, by listening to “brainwaved” files,
you can achieve states such as deep sleep, theta meditation, or alpha relaxation. Because of the nature
of this function, it only works on stereo waveform data, and to be effective, it must be listened to with
stereo headphones


So now you can make your own subliminal messages, and stick them in any song, by any artist.

But I more than interested in the radio stations that subscribe payola scam..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payola

I believe THIS more then some voodo curse...

try it and see what happens.. use a outside landline (so it cant be traced back) and then call the on air DJ or program director and then accuse them of playing music that was blessed by satan.. dont sound like a complete nut when you do.. figure out just HOW to accuse them.. guess what happens, theyll hang up on you..

BUT using the very same outside landline and accuse them that certain songs that theyre playing in VERY heavy rotation and ask them if their taking money from the record labal husslers that come to the station trying to "promote" that group.. Read how payola works to get the wording right, and guess what happens... Oh, youll get a response back.. and THIS guys is PISSED.. hell want to know who you are, how do you know etc... this is where you play dumb say, that you heard about this from two different people and they dont even know each other.. sound ligit.. Ok, you actually trolling him or her.. *shrug* why not.. your not going to be talking to them again anyway.. so have fun with it.. I did.

Besides their station SUCKS..

In fact I got one program director (hired as) and a DJ (rehired as) fired because of it at the same station.. (it was the same guy)... he was a professional imposing asshole.. and I have NO regrets on what I did..

so, you see that payloa is FAR more serious then some goofy voodoo curse put on a record..

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