The locations of Top 10 artists around the globe.
The recent "Where is the Art?" project (see the art page) turned out so well that there is now
an accompanying project for music. However, this project is not only a modification of the
previous one, but an evolution. Instead of mapping historical musical pieces (how do you
figure out which are the best? or most famous? etc), this project maps the origins of the
Apple Music-featured musicians and bands. The reasons it uses Apple Music (and not the
Billboard Top 10 or something), are a) that Apple Music changes more frequently, so the
project wouldn't repeat artists/songs nearly as often; and b) that I had Apple Music open when
I conceived the idea for the project.
Another major difference is the way the map was made. The previous map had little squares
that stacked kind of neatly into little towers of varying sizes. While it was kind of
cool-looking, it was not very precise and didn't scale very well. This time around, I went
with the data program Palladio
, which is
an interesting data-visualization software with a nice geographical feature. While this took
a lot of extra data-wrangling, I think it was worth it.
Palladio lets you display different subsets of your data, and it works great for non-massive,
geographical data sets (just like mine!). Combining a few weeks of data (colored by musical
category) looks like this:
Crikey, that's a lot of stuff going on. But never fear - filterman is here. It simplifies if
you look just at the US, and take away the lines that connect the genres, as you can see in
the second map.
It's colored by genre:
- Red - Overall Top 10
- Pink - Latin
- Gray - Hip Hop/Rap
- Teal - Metal*
- Green - Electronic**
- Orange - Country
- Yellow - Christian/Gospel
- Blue - Blues
* Most top metal artists are international (see: Sweden), explaining the genre's small
presence on this map.
** Just like metal, electronic artists are predominantly international, hailing mostly from
However, the real cool part of this project is that you can play with it yourself. Not only
is the data in excel format here
extra sheets with different data arrangements, yay!), but you can take this data and play
with it in Palladio. Go to Palladio
the "Load Existing Project" tab, and load