Mining Music

Big bands, meet Big Data. Paul Lamere is a music researcher. In his latest study, he calculated the relative number of streams for a given artist for all 50 states, using a database of his clients’ users. The result: A map showing which artist enjoys the most outsized support in each state. To be clear, these aren’t necessarily the most-listened-to bands in each state, but rather the bands that have unusually high support in each state. So for example, Vermonters skew more toward Phish than other Americans do, and Texans are bigger George Strait fans than anyone else. Now, what that says about the psychology of each state is something altogether different.

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