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  1. Well, according to this map, cities as disparate as London, Berlin, Vienna, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago all have the same top ‘distinctive’ song, and nearly the identical top 5… I think your data alchemist is maybe a bit overworked trying to analyze billions of interactions… let alone comprehending and identifying distinctive musical styles for, literally, the entire world.


    1. Glenn says, “Distinctive popularity is a combination of absolute local popularity and that local popularity relative to global popularity, plus a bit of a bonus for newness. The weighting of these elements is arbitrary, and could be changed to produce more distinct (but more obscure) music or more popular (but less distinct) music, or slower- or faster-changing lists. But the current weights have held up fairly well over time. Big international hits like this have their moments, but pass pretty quickly.”


  2. Spotify is not available worldwide and will never be due to legal constraints and technology issues. Check Kanjian 360 app on iTunes and Google Play stores for the Chinese Spotify.
    2017 will be the year of the change, time to start to pay content creators and give listers the freedom of choice they deserve.
    20 million songs? Think about an app that gives you access to 90 million songs and pays the artists… utopia?

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  3. Hi Eliot! I’m also interested in a yearly review per city (in mi case, Malaga(Spain)). And I have another question: Is it possible to know the genre of a song in a playlist?


  4. Sorry, wrong question… what I meant was “is there any place where we can fund how this rankings per cities are made”? It would be interesting to know the most song played by cities….


    1. These are the songs most distinctive to each city at any given time. We have no such map for the most popular per city at the moment (‘most popular’ doesn’t vary as much per city), but perhaps we will in the future.


  5. We are a group of MSc students on urban analytics in London and we would be really interested in including this map as part of a research project. Could you please contact us? Thanks


  6. We are a group of MSc students on urban analytics in London and we would be really interested in including this map as part of a research project. Could you please contact us? Thanks


  7. Hey Eliot, very cool stuff. Is it possible that at any point localized streaming data (in aggregate, such as this) will become available via your API? I am very interested in the ability to see what is trending in a specific locale/city (emerging you may call it) and leveraging that data to book artists in venues where we can say with some degree of precision that there will be good attendance.

    What you have is close, though obviously limited to certain cities.

    I would love to speak further about this if you have the inclination/time. Have a great day.


      1. Thanks for the response Eliot, I sincerely appreciate it, all of that is…frankly remarkably interesting. Ultimately what would be most interesting to me, and beneficial to emerging artists overall, is the ability to really drill down into that information…obviously more cities / markets as well.

        Are you guys selecting cities by whether or not there is a significant difference between them and the…overall country or global average (or some level anyway)? I only ask because while the cities listed (green on this map) are somewhat correlated with size it isn’t exactly what I would expect, though that may be me simply, well, being wrong.

        What would be most beneficial to me is the overall volume of spins per artist (by location) as opposed to the significant difference between cities/regions. Of course, you may keep that data close to the cuff, and understandably so. Also, the top 100 (or 500, whatever) wouldn’t matter much, I can guess, as could you, what that would likely be.

        I get that volume probably isn’t as interesting to you guys, and frankly may not vary much from location to location (as a % of total spins), but it would really be much more actionable to a guy like me.

        If you could add one city to this, under the current format even, Little Rock, Arkansas would be of most benefit to me.

        I’m speaking as a person who books acts in venues specifically, not one who manages a specific artist or group of artists, so the geographic data is very important to me in order to lessen venue risk. I’m really trying to get A) exposure and B) money to emerging artists, but I also have to sell it to venues.

        Sorry for the lengthy reply Eliot, I know you’re busy and don’t have to respond to some stranger on the internet at all. I really appreciate the correspondence, truly.


  8. Hi Eliot, this map is really interesting. I am working on my PhD in Germany and my question is similar to Daniel’s. Is this data available for research (through the API, for example)? For example, if one could get the trending tracks by specifying a city. Thanks!


  9. Hi Eliot,

    I would like to know the number of spotify users in Singapore, as well as the percentage of users who listen to spotify with their earphones/headphones.

    Would you be able to help me on this?




    1. We don’t divulge user numbers other than the overall global ones here: https://press.spotify.com/co/about/

      In terms of listening with headphones on, I could poke around for something like that potentially, but I’m a little concerned about how accurate it would be… for instance, I often listen to my laptop connected to speakers, which would seem like headphones. Perhaps there’s a poll somewhere about that regarding streaming services in general?


  10. — Keep up the good work! —

    I deputy the reddit community which supports and follows Spotify and its activities.
    We even have a Bot who based on your Spotify playlist analyze your musical taste.

    Link –> https://www.reddit.com/r/spotify_transcriber/

    Our subbreddit r/Spotify reached more than 50 k members and serves mainly the purpose of sharing Spotify playlists with each other. Personally I’m looking forward that Spotify cooperates with the Soundcloud community even if it’s unlikely that these two will get together or make a Joint-venture. Things like the musical Heat map are great concepts both for analytics as well as the ”normal” Spotify listener under us. I listened to 30 cities so far and I’m still fascinated. So all in all…

    — Keep up the good work! —


  11. Good night, I’m a student computer science, I would like to know if do you have a documentation this musical map ?


      1. Thank you! I am student in Brazilian and I would like to know if is there an API for Musical Map 2.0?
        I would like to use in a project university.


      1. Thanks for you reply!!

        We are producing a massive event in Mexico and Monterrey. We want to see the base of people who listen to the artists who will be performing at the concerts. Do you know if it is possible to get that database?


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