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Learn The Most Popular Band For All 50 U.S. States, Or Why Arizona’s The WORST

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Finally, HARD EVIDENCE you can use to support your claim that [YOUR STATE] has a better taste in music than [ANOTHER STATE]. (Note: does not apply if you live in Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and about 20 other states.) Take a peek at Paul Lemere‚Äôs “Exploring regional listening preferences” infographic, which calculates the most “preferred” band or artist for all 50 U.S. states, and you’ll learn that Rhode Island > Arizona because Nirvana > Linkin Park. Where did Lemere get his IRREFUTABLE data from?

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). 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.

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