At this point, we’re all probably familiar with stories of viral hits — Lil Nas X’s Old Time Road being a prime example. However, when songs become as popular as Old Time Road, it becomes tough to track their journey to international success. The wealth of data available simply becomes overwhelming.
What started off as seemingly innocent background music in a collaboration between Cornell and two agriculture organizations soon unfolded into a major lawsuit — with the University now facing allegations of copyright infringement.
Scientists know a lot about your favorite song. People tend to prefer music that has a certain combination of predictable and unpredictable elements, and scientists have now found a way to express that predictability in a mathematical way.