Power Law in Popular Media

“No one man should have all that power”

— Kanye West

We’ve all heard that the media business is cutthroat. In books, or movies or music, a few dominant artists tower over the rest. These superstar directors and writers and musicians sell millions of units while their peers languish in obscurity.

I wondered, are all forms of media equally competitive?

To find out, I scraped the internet for as much media data as I could find¹. To my delight and surprise, whenever I ordered things by the biggest winners, the…