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The world of music has reached new highs and lows in the aftermath of the internet revolution. Our connected world has made it easier for musicians to get their music to fans without the need for a record label or expensive recording equipment.

However, it's also made it more difficult to get paid.


Case in point: Mariah Carey had a stellar month, with her single "All I Want for Christmas is You" topping the charts again.

Who hasn't listened to that song this year?




The song always makes a resurgence around the holidays and has proven to be one of the most popular modern classics for Christmas. It is so popular that on Christmas Eve, the song broke the one-day streaming record on Spotify with nearly 11 million streams. That's more than 120 listens every second.

How much would you expect such a track to earn? How about $92,000? At most. Spotify pays rights holders between 0.6 and 0.84 cents per play, according to an article from TIME. This would put the maximum payout for the one-day stream at under $92,400.

This is one of the most popular songs of all time, with a world-famous artist, at the only time of year it can hit those numbers.







Mariah Carey isn't hurting for money. She's a big enough name that her concerts draw in millions, and is sitting at an estimated net worth of over half a billion dollars. But this does show what breaking into the music industry is like for someone who isn't well established.

Again, the issue is not about Mariah Carey specifically.



And it's not like streaming services are optional either. The Economist shows that music streaming is now the biggest generator of revenue. Programs like Spotify have reversed the revenue drops the music industry have been experiencing since the mid-2000s, and pay out nearly 70% of their revenue in royalties. But as new artists try to break onto the scene, they are vying for a much smaller piece of a much smaller pie than established artists.

After all, if one of the most popular songs only earns tens of thousands of dollars with more streams then most indie musicians might see in their lifetime, how are they supposed to make this a career?

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Conspiracy theories are beliefs that there are covert powers that be changing the course of history for their own benefits. It's how we see the rise of QAnon conspiracies and people storming the capital.

Why do people fall for them? Well some research has looked into the reasons for that.

The Association for Psychological Science published a paper that reviewed some of the research:

"This research suggests that people may be drawn to conspiracy theories when—compared with nonconspiracy explanations—they promise to satisfy important social psychological motives that can be characterized as epistemic (e.g., the desire for understanding, accuracy, and subjective certainty), existential (e.g., the desire for control and security), and social (e.g., the desire to maintain a positive image of the self or group)."

Whatever the motivations may be, we wanted to know which convoluted stories became apart of peoples consciousness enough for them to believe it.

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The paranormal seems to be consistently in unrest, which sounds like death isn't any more fun or tranquil than life. So much for something to look forward to.

Some ghosts just like to scare it up. It's not always like "Ghosthunters" the show.

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Not necessarily with women front and center as part of the conversation, unfortunately.

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