AEON: English-language popular songs have become more negative. The use of words related to negative emotions has increased by more than one third. Let’s take the example of the Billboard dataset. If we assume an average of 300 words per song, every year there are 30,000 words in the lyrics of the top-100 hits. In […] The post Pop Songs are Getting Sadder and Angrier appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.
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