The Chilean record labels contribution, demystified

Using the data from the BDMC, we can see that there is 37335 songs with an assigned record label (93% of the BDMC total entries), and the number of labels is 334.

The distribution of edited songs by the record labels is shown here:

We can see in this distribution the ‘short-head’ and the ‘long-tail’ of music.

If we make a zoom in the ‘short-head’ and select labels with more than 100 published songs, we can see:

We can see that the first column, with 26% of the total published songs correspond to ‘Independent’ editions, so they are isolated publications that can not count as record labels. Interesting results can be seen in the figure. Emi OdeĆ³n and Warner Music are the two biggest record labels (9% and 6% respectively), but Oveja Negra, label of the SCD (the Chilean music copyright society), has also a 6% of participation on published songs after only 10 years of work. We can also see that ‘Sello Azul’, a second label belonging to SCD devoted to new people, has a 3%, so the SCD is responsible for almost the same amount of Chilean music that the biggest record label. However, this effect can also be seen like as the SCD takes much care on the distribution of their own products and most of their represented artist are in their database.

If we do a per-year analysis, we can see:

We can see that the songs in the BDMC database belong mostly to the 90’s and 00’s decades, with a 23% and 69% percent of the total. Songs before that period are only a 1% of the total. We can also see that the peak of published songs was in 2007, and this amount has decreased rapidly in the following years, reaching in 2011 the same number of songs that in 1993.

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