Over and Over: How the Digital Song Economy is Generating Hit After Hit

There are few tracks in pop music that carry as much mythic weight as New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Originally recorded at a Cheetham Hill studio in 1983, multiple apocryphal stories about the song endure. Bernard Sumner claims his painstaking initial attempts at programming the backing track on primitive electronic equipment were ruined when Stephen Morris caught the plug with his foot, wiping the memory.

Despite this, almost 40 years later, it’s clear that the song’s success is as distinct and lucrative as any example you can select from The Song Economy. Unequivocally a pioneering moment for the band and musical innovation globally, it has since taken on multiple new forms to embrace the digital era, most recently being reworked by Sebastian Böhm as the official trailer for Wonder Woman 1984.

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