Our Devote the World: No. 1 music trend setters

We’re popular! Or at best, we all know what’s popular. Or at best, with regards to music. Or at best, based on Last.fm?

A College College Dublin study used Last.fm data to look for the preferences of their 60 billion users in the last decade. After that it extrapolated from pigeon patterns (no, seriously) to infer which metropolitan areas were early adopters and key influencers in popular music tastes, and lo and behold, it’s us! Unsurprisingly, Atlanta dominated other United States metropolitan areas within the study if this found rap. But (pretty) surprisignly, the main city from the New South also dominated the whole continent if this found All The MUSIC (H/T Atlantic Metropolitan areas).

Read this nifty (pigeon-inspired?) visualization of city-by-city influence in the study, and then try to wrap the mind around the way we ARE At The Very Top (and just how low NY and LA rank):

I do not understand what to think any longer. This sort of is the opposite of another study which was circulating the Interwebs another week: Travel and Leisure’s hipster list. Sure, that list felt as though it were designed in the ’90s, with its references to Little Five because the epitome in our hipster scene with no mention whatsoever of either Westside or Old 4th Ward (although it did love Savannah-so we totally have that), nevertheless its barbs still rang slightly true. We clocked in at number 32 with that one thanks in no small part as to the Vacation considered our poor music scene. However, the Dublin study centered on which metropolitan areas had probably the most influential citizens with regards to distributing the romance for music, and naturally we all recall from senior high school, the most popular children are not always those adding the very best activly works to society.

I believe all of this really means is the fact that Atlantans like Last.fm inordinately much more than every other major city. Which just will get back to a new Atlanta study: that people rank # 2 with regards to social networking addiction. Now it’s all beginning to create sense. Can our Klout score now increase for that “music” category, please? #kthnxbye

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