Entertainment Industry Data

For those of you who enjoy watching films or listening to music you might be interested to know there is a database (owned by the Academic Rights Press) available through the University Library that holds film and music data from the entertainment industry.  We recently expanded our Film Industry Data (Film ID) holdings to include their music data (Music ID). We now have the opportunity to be in control of the same film and music data that studio executives use to make key decisions about title releases.  Film and music data can also be graphed together in Relative Pitch Graphs to create comparisons across countries, artists and history.   The data can also be viewed with a timeline of world events to give researchers a complete picture of the impact of film and music in a social, political and cultural context.  Students can then export this data into an Excel spreadsheet for use in their coursework.

Film ID can be sorted by title or contributors.  Contributors could be for example: directors, stars/actors/voice, producers, camera/lighting. Here is the detailed blog that was written about Film ID when we took out the first subscription in 2015.

Music ID holds data from over 30 countries; the UK and USA archives go back to the mid 1950s. Data can be searched initially by song, album or artist.  Or it can be searched using the Advanced option by title, artist, writer, label, peak position, weeks in chart, chart type and country.  If you are thinking about research topics there are some really interesting case studies you can read together with a helpful video entitled Artists and their social context on the same page. Music ID works in a similar way to Film ID.  You will find the search page if you follow this link from the library catalogue.

Searching for David Bowie in the Music search box I can see other artists that Bowie recorded with, including Queen, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Looking at the David Bowie/Mick Jagger entry ‘Dancing in the Street’ it hit the charts on 2nd September 1985 and spent 13 weeks in the German singles charts. Its highest position was number 6. However I want to know about other countries so by clicking on all the other options on the left side of the page I saw that it also entered the singles charts in the UK, 3 days later on 5th September (reaching number 1), Switzerland (peaking at number 9) and Austria (number 6).  By clicking on the plus sign on each entry I was able to add the countries to the graph and compare ranking positions.  I could see that chart rankings followed a similar pattern in all 4 countries especially between 1st to the 16th October. By clicking on any date at the base of the graph I saw a timeline document for that year. This document places the data into an historical context which, in turn can inform and enrich your research.  However it does have a US bias and some of the detail is limited so you may need to investigate further. By registering for an account you can save your research into folders.  Click on the link to Research Folders at the bottom of the page in order to access the registration/login box.

There seems to be lots you can do in this database but it will take a while to figure it all out.  I shall leave it to you to experiment!

Entertainment ID is campus use only so you need to set up VPN or Web Proxy at home to emulate working on campus.   You can find Entertainment Industry Data by searching the library catalogue, using Discovery or by selecting the My Subject pages/Creative and Cultural Industries/Film and Television Industries/Recommended Sources/Specialist resources.

Entertainment ID is great for Creative Technologies, Performing Arts and Film Study students.

If you would like to find out more about the contribution of music to the British economy see the UK Music website and see their YouTube video here.


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