The Echo Nest has collected data on users’ listening preferences from across the country. By analyzing that information, they found which artists and bands are favored in each state and created a map which displays that data. The Echo Nest provides a music intelligence platform to hugely popular services like Rdio, Spotify and MTV.
My state, South Carolina, obviously listens to quite a bit of Hillsong United, a contemporary Christian band. My daughter and another young lady in our church sang this song (performed on the video by Hillsong) at our church a couple of weeks ago.
Unless I missed it, South Carolina is the only state to favor a Christian band. Maybe that makes some people think we’re backwards, but I’d rather hear music that is uplifting and inspiring than listen to lyrics which encourage me to have darker thoughts. I could live with the country music and folk bands, but Nirvana and the Grateful Dead just aren’t on my playlist. Real life is gritty enough for me. I read books and listen to or play music to lift myself out of downer mode.
Yeah, I’m a country girl with a small town life.