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    Muchitsch, Veronika
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.
    Werner, Ann
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    The Mediation of Genre, Identity, and Difference in Contemporary (Popular) Music Streaming2024In: Twentieth Century Music, ISSN 1478-5722, E-ISSN 1478-5730, p. 1-27Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Music streaming service Spotify has recently declared that genre is becoming less important in popular music culture, linking this idea to post-identity claims. In contrast, the central argument of this article is that genre continues to matter in music streaming, where algorithmic recommendation systems remediate genre and its association with constructions of identity and difference. We examine Spotify's mediation of genre through a multimodal discourse analysis of genre metadata as presented on the website Every Noise at Once, playlist curation, and media discourse. Analysing the genres bubblegrunge and rap français (French rap), we show that the algorithmic and human processes of Spotify and its users rearticulate genre, shaping, in turn, patterns of recommendation, curation, and consumption. These processes remediate earlier constructions of identity, temporality, and place in music culture. Simultaneously, they intensify differentiation and individuation, tying in with postulations of multiplicity and diversity in neoliberalism that conceal power imbalances.

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