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Digital Music News takes a look at just how popular ringtones are these days. It’s certainly dropped since it was a billion dollar format in 2007 and 2008, but still worth alnost $100 million. Check out Billboard’s chart this week to see the biggest-selling ringstones this week.

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Source: Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  US-based, 2013 inflation-adjusted revenues.  Written while listening to Modest Mouse.

According to Forbes, electronic dance music has never been more popular and the world’s leading DJ’s are earning tens of millions of dollars. The industry is incredibly lucrative and the top ten-highest earners have made an incredible $268 million this year. Calvin Harris has become hugely successful, working with artists like Rihanna and Kesha – he leads the pack with earnings of $66 million. David Guetta comes in second with $30 million while Avicii rounds off the top three with $28 million.

Via Statista

From Ragan:

In 2000, a person’s average attention span was 12 seconds.

In 2013, that dwindled down to 8 seconds.

Here’s the humbling part: The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds.

With this (horrifying) statistic and others, an infographic from TollFreeForwarding.com explains how social media affects our brains. Here are a few insights:

  • Tweeting for 10 minutes can raise your oxytocin level (the hormone that reduces anxiety) as much as 13 percent.
  • A majority of 18-to-85-year-olds found social media is harder to resist than smoking, drinking, spending money, sleeping and sex.
  • Facebook users are on the social network for an average of 81 hours per year.
  • People switch between devices an average of 21 times per hour.

Just about everyone connects with music, but where we live plays a big part of how we listen to, buy and engage with our tunes. For example, music aficionados in the Pacific region (California, Alaska, Oregon, Hawaii and Washington) make up the largest group of subscription streamers in the U.S., at more than 7.5 percent. Meanwhile, tune enthusiasts in the Mountain region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) rank second-highest for listening to music (CDs, digital tracks, albums, etc.) as a primary activity—meaning they listen specifically to listen rather than being in a space where music is playing in the background. When you add in background music, the Mountain region boasts one of the highest overall listening rates across the country.