Internet Archiving: The Many Lives of Songs in the YouTube Age

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Since the launch of Youtube, both the amount of versions of hit songs and versioning practices behind have exploded. Based on a horizontal case study, “7 Years” by Danish band Lukas Graham, the primary purpose of this article is to demonstrate both the scale and the variety of practices.

The case of “7 Years” is representative for contemporary major hit songs and makes a good starting point for analyzing medieascape and the many different ways people use and relate to music in the current digital mediascape.
The study presented is based on web archived materials collected 2015-2020 from a variety of sources, including Youtube, Twitter- and Facebook-data, both structured and harvested by web robots. By using these data, it is possible to reconstruct how the song spread across platforms with Youtube as the musical center.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationRemediating Sound : Repeatable Culture, YouTube and Music
EditorsHolly Rogers, Joana Freitas, João Francisco Porfírio
Number of pages20
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherBloomsbury Academic. An Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date5 Oct 2023
Article number4
ISBN (Print)9781501387326
ISBN (Electronic)9781501387340
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2023

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