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The consumption of live music in different languages: a quantitative approach

Abstract : The consumption of music performed in different languages represents a significant aspect of the contemporary cultural experience. This phenomenon questions how different languages mediate music consumption in specific national contexts. In this paper, the authors investigate the case of live music consumption in France. Design/methodology/approach The authors surveyed 428 persons who saw 159 artists either performing in French or in English in 46 locations around Paris, France. The authors tested the effect of the language of the concert on three dimensions of music consumption: singing in unison, appraisal of the lyrics and dancing. Findings Multilevel analysis revealed that English was positively associated with dancing, whereas French was positively associated with the appraisal of the lyrics. The authors found no evidence that the language of the concert was associated with differences in singing in unison. Originality/value Results are discussed with respect to language diversity in the context of globalised popular music consumption.
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Michael Spanu, Nicolas Sommet, Jean-Marie Seca. The consumption of live music in different languages: a quantitative approach. Arts and the market, Emerald, 2020, 10 (3), pp.165-185. ⟨10.1108/AAM-04-2020-0007⟩. ⟨halshs-02943924⟩



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