Last week the National University of Singapore hosted the International Society for Music Information Retrieval conference in lovely Suzhou, China. It featured a ton of interesting presentations by established academics in the field including Prof. Elaine Chew (who also talked about MorpheuS), Roger Dannenberg and others; but also industry leaders such as Jeffrey C. Smith (Smule) and E. Humprey (Spotify).
The magazine Vice.com reported on the research I conducted with David Martens and Kenneth Sörensen at the University of Antwerp on dance hit prediction.
"Hit songs are getting so predictable. No, literally. The recipe for what makes a pop or dance song a hit has apparently become so formulaic, a computer algorithm can predict with above-average accuracy the likelihood that a song will top the charts."