Who’s Your State’s Favorite Recording Artist? New Map Has the Answer

Texas enjoys the country sounds of George Strait, while Arizona likes to jam out to Linkin Park.

So who is your state’s favorite artist?

A new map aims to show each state's favorite musical artist using listening data. (Image source: Music Machinery)
A new map aims to show each state’s favorite musical artist using listening data. (Image source: Music Machinery)

A new map, assembled by music technology blog Music Machinery, aims to answer that question, showing the most distinctive top-100 artist for each state in the U.S.

A blog post announcing the map explained how it was composed.

“For this study, I sampled the listening preferences of about a quarter million listeners that have a zip code associated with their account. I aggregated these listeners into regions (state, regional and all-US),” it said. “To compare regions I look at the top-N most popular artists in each region and look for artists that have a substantial change in rank between the two regions.”

“These artists are the artists that define the taste for the region,” the blog post concluded.

(H/T: Consequence of Sound)

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