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What band does your state listen to the most? Find out now.

on February 27, 2014, 10:28am

Earlier this week, we posted a map showing every state’s favorite band. As much as we love the idea of Sufjan Stevens being the soundtrack to Illinois or James Blake as an early favorite for New York’s next Governor, the map as a whole didn’t entirely make sense. Like, when did Kevin Gates bypass Lil Wayne as Louisiana’s biggest rapper? And B.o.B. is Iowa’s favorite artist? Iowa? Turns out the word “favorite” is used rather loosely here. Technically, it showed each state’s most distinctive artist, reflecting “artists that are listened to proportionally more frequently in a particular state than they are in all of the United States.”

As The Des Moines Register explains, “The way the ranking works is the states are also ranked by population. So maybe Journey is the most popular artist being streamed in Iowa (that’s just a random pick). But if Journey is already the fifth most popular artist being streamed in a more populous state, like New York, they get knocked out of contention for Iowa and any other smaller state. So while an artist like Bruce Springsteen being listed as the pick for New Jersey might seem to make sense, he’s actually the 23rd most streamed artist in that state. Basically, B.o.B. was the highest ranked artist that someone else didn’t like more than we did.”

In the wake of all the confusion, the original infographic’s creator, Music Machinery, has issued a new map. This one shows favorite artist by state as determined by those who are most listened to (via streaming music services, the radio, etc). As you can see, it’s composed almost entirely of Jay Z, Drake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk, Eminem, and Lorde. The lone exceptions? South Dakota, which totally loves Imagine Dragons, and Vermont, the apparent second home for Alt-J.

For more on the entire process, visit Music Machinery’s website.

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Aly
June 2, 2014 at 7:02 am

Jay Z isn’t a band!!!!

Chris Harvey
February 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

The other article straight up explained this. They said how they came to their conclusions and that these were not the most popular bands in those states. I’m sorry whoever posted the link and picture didn’t bother to read the link, but the confusion stemmed entirely from the poor explanation given by this site – people who followed the link understood just fine.

Dweezil
February 27, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Um… Lorde is only listed in one state.

Anonymous
February 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm

I’m reasonably sure this second map is a ruse.

Anonymous
February 27, 2014 at 11:27 am

Holy Moly, it’s not that complicated. You put the link to the explanation but apparently you didn’t bother to read it.

The questions “What is the most popular band in state X” and “What band do they like in state X that no one else likes anywhere else” are two different questions. The original map answered the second question though a standard method by comparing states artists. This new map is a (possibly sarcastic) response to the people who kept calling the first one “favorite band by state” when a quick glance at the methodology would tell you otherwise.

Ian
February 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

The general population’s taste in music is as bad as expected. Gross.

Alex
February 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

God, this is such absolute nonsense.

Chris Murphy
February 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

eh

michael mulvihill (@froggiemlm)
February 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

second home of Alt-J is KC and they will tell you that.

Anonymous
February 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

Bull SHI^&^

Anonymous
February 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

I like the other one

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