Paul Lamere's Music Machinery blog has several fascinating explorations of popular music preference by (U.S.) demographics, including gender, age, and geography. Just the other day he posted a map presenting the favorite musical artists of each state, as measured by data from a variety of music streaming services. (Actually, it's, “the top most distinctive popular artist for a state that hasn’t already been selected for a more populous state.”) If you live in the U.S., click that map to the left to see what your state’s favorite artist is.
Not content just to toss some flashy charts around, Mr. Lamere has gone on to contrast and define genders, ages, and geographic regions by the change in rank of artists: “I look at the top-N most popular artists based upon listener plays 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.” He's built an app that allows one to explore regional differences in musical taste. Tons more cool music/technology explorations on the blog, including the Infinite Jukebox, software that will create a neverending and ever-changing version of any song. -- Bill Paarlberg, editor (thanks to Business Insider for the tip)