Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Geography of Pop Music, 2012

From The Atlantic Cities:
UCLA urban planning doctoral candidate Patrick Adler took a look at the geography of two lists of the year's best music: Pitchfork’s Top 100 Tracks and Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs.
Locations are based on the current residence of the artist - not necessarily their hometowns. For example Stratford, Ontario (Justin Bieber) misses out in favor of LA.

Here is the Billboard Hot 100. This chart reflects commercial success.

By contrast, the Pitchfork Top 100 reflects artistic merit according to music critics.

LA dominates the commercial list, but New York slightly edges it out among the critics. London is third on both lists. The critics don't seem to like country music very much as Nashville goes from second place on Billboard to nonexistent on Pitchfork. The article mentions the "globalization" of music several times but these maps still have a lot of empty space.

See the Atlantic Cities article for more "takeaways" and Adler's summary.

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