Kevin Gates Is The Most Popular Music Artist In Louisiana
Rapper Kevin Gates often claims that he's "everybody's sworn favorite," and according to a recent study, he's exactly right -- at least when it comes to people in Louisiana.
Music Machinery put together a map of the most popular music in each of the 50 states in America. As far as how they came up with what artist's music was most popular in each state, their explanation was very simple.
I sampled the listening preferences of about a quarter-million listeners that have a zip code associated with their account. I aggregated these listeners into regions. To compare regions, I look at the top-N most popular artists 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.
There are some states who's favorite artist made TOTAL sense (Rick Ross in Florida, Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey) but others who's results were flat out surprising.
For instance, did you have a clue that Nevada REALLY got down to Ciara? Did you have ANY idea that Bonobo held the top spot out in Cali? Would you think that Juicy J would top Justin Timberlake in their home state of Tennessee, or that Jeezy would trump Eminem in Michigan?
I honestly can't say that I'm surprised about Kevin Gates taking the top spot in Louisiana, being that so many of our listeners have been requesting his music for so long. Based off of those requests alone, his fans are represented by every gender, race and age group you can think of, and that kind of appeal is never a bad thing.
The timing of this map going viral couldn't have been any better as Kevin Gates is promoting his new mixtape 'By Any Means.' The mixtape, featuring the current single 'Don't Know', is set to drop March 18 and is available now through pre-order at www.kvngates.com
So, is Kevin Gates really "everybody's sworn favorite?" For now, in Louisiana, that answer is, yes.