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It concerns the possibility of predicting whether a song will be a hit, before its distribution using automated means such as machine learning software. Early studies claimed that using machine learning techniques could capture some information from audio signals and lyrics that would explain  popularity. Many other reasons, including the well known "cumulative advantage" or preferential attachment effects deeply contradicts  the possibility of practical applications.
A hit song , also known as a hit record , hit single or simply hit , is a recorded song or instrumental that becomes broadly popular or well-known. Although hit song means any widely played or big-selling song, the specific term hit record usually refers to a single that has appeared in an official music chart through repeated radio airplay or significant commercial sales. Historically, before the dominance of recorded music, commercial sheet music sales of individual songs were similarly promoted and tracked as singles and albums are now. For example, in , Edward B. Marks and Joe Stern released The Little Lost Child , which sold more than a million copies nationwide, based mainly on its success as an illustrated song , analogous to today's music videos. In the United States and the United Kingdom , a single is usually considered a hit when it reaches the top 40 of the Billboard Hot or the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart and stays there for at least one week.
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