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R.I.P. Reading Comprehension

Plus, the Oscars get musicial and Bill O'Reilly blames rap for everything again

By Mike Breen · March 4th, 2014 · Minimum Gauge
distinctive_artist_map1Original map of distinctive listening habits in each American state


R.I.P. Reading

Proving that people only read the headlines on all those links you share on social media (and people in the regular media barely read much more), a map of the U.S. by music stats/algorithm company The Echo Nest showing the most distinctive music listened to in each state made the viral rounds recently. Though not hard to understand — the artist listed for each state has an unusually high amount of listens compared to other states — it soon became the “Favorite artists by state” map when shared by social and actual media. The stupidity annoyed the map’s creator so much, he ended up making an actual “Favorite artists by state” map, which was boring because most people in all states listen to almost the same exact thing (Jay-Z, Drake and Macklemore, mostly).

Here's the follow-up map of the most popular artists by state:

And here's a map of the least popular artists by state (via Twitter)


Oscars Get Musical 

Music played a big role at this year’s Academy Awards.

The singer from 30 Seconds to Mars won Best Supporting Actor; Pharrell, Karen O (with Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig), U2 and Idina Menzel (or, as John Travolta calls her, “Adele Dazeem”) performed their Best Original Song nominations; and 20 Feet From Stardom (which told the story of famous performers’ backup singers) won for Best Documentary Feature. And “Let It Go” from Disney’s animated Frozen won the Best Original Song Oscar, making co-writer Robert Lopez only the 12th artist to ever attain the coveted EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award). Tracy Jordan is so jealous.


Bill O Still Scapegoats Rap 

Barrack Obama has found a new conduit to show conservatives are usually full of shit: Bill O’Reilly. Obama gave O’Reilly an “exclusive” interview that aired on Fox News on Super Bowl Sunday, during which Obama got to call the pundit and Fox News liars and distorters. O’Reilly and Fox looked so dumb, O’Reilly was invited to the White House again to hear about the president’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help young men and boys of color. O’Reilly took the info from his visit and used it as another chance to blame race problems on something else he doesn’t understand: Rap music. On O’Reilly’s show, he said the plan is misguided and that they should instead get “people like Jay-Z, Kanye West, all these gangsta rappers, to knock it off.”



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