Animated Heat Map: Prince Listening Around the World

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In celebration of Prince’s return to streaming, here is a map of Prince listening over time.

Which city listened to the most Prince? That would be his hometown of Minneapolis; see the top 20 Prince-listening cities by share of listening below the map.

These cities had the highest share of Prince listening:

  1. Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
  2. Saint Paul, Minnesota, US
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana, US
  4. New York, New York, US
  5. Decatur, Georgia, US
  6. Richmond, Virginia, US
  7. Brooklyn, New York, US
  8. London, UK
  9. Norcross, Georgia, US
  10. Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  11. Washington D.C., US
  12. Nashville, Tennessee, US
  13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
  14. Memphis, Tennessee, US
  15. Austin, Texas, US
  16. Stone Mountain, Georgia, US
  17. Cleveland, Ohio, US
  18. Cambridge, Massachusetts, US
  19. Louisville, Kentucky, US
  20. Chicago, Illinois, US

10 thoughts on “Animated Heat Map: Prince Listening Around the World

  1. hi my name is Zaki Rashid,
    I’m a senior in high school and take a class called GIS (Geospacial Information Systems), a college level course where we learn how to create maps and add data to it…similar to the CARTO web page you are using but really in-depth. and would like to know how you got the data to make the prince map as i am trying to do a similar thing for my GIS final which evidently is due at the end of May and my project relies on the data i get from spotify


    1. I used internal Spotify data – the number of anonymous, aggregated plays of Prince music per city by day. I could potentially provide similar data, normalized by plays, if you tell me which artist(s) you’re interested in, and over which timeframe.


      1. it depends on what the data is, but one of my back up projects is based around Kendrick Lamar and his growth from the 13th to the 22nd (essentially the debut of his new album and a week after) but i have a larger plan in mind for the spotify’s top 200 where basically i could make a map aggregating all the data and finding out whats the most popular 3 music genre per state as a total…the second one would be alot of work (like atleast 2 months worth) but its definately worth it and the effort….and honestly i really thank you for not just overlooking my comment


  2. Hello Eliot!
    I’m Alessandra Facchin a design student from Politecnico of Milan in Italy, currently living in Cologne, Germany.
    At the moment I’m working on a project in which I should try to visualise music datasets on a map. I was wondering if you can suggest me where I could find some datasets regarding music genres location in a city.
    Thank you in advance 🙂


  3. I recently saw HalifaxCrime, a hackathon project that animates crime data. I hoped to use the same technique to make a lightweight heatmap that I could feed with data from any Socrata dataset with a location column and a date & time column.


    1. You should do it – the process is fairly straightforward on Carto. Any location data should work (latlong, city/region/country); then you just need to get the date in the right format, which is “2017-06-12.” You just upload the data as .csv, .xls, .tsv or sync from Google Sheets, and Carto can do the geolocation to find the spots on the map. Then choose the Torque style of map in the wizard, and change whatever you want to change (like whether the intensity of the dots should be based on anything).


  4. Hi Elliot,

    I’m a student at the Center of Geographic Sciences in Nova Scotia, Canada. As part of our year we have a major project to do, there have been many projects that are completed with other companies (banking, real estate, grocery stores, etc) with an interest in using geospatial data to resolve a problem. It’s a second term task (starting January) or in May, depending on the scale. I have been thinking of applying it to a task in the music industry and have been working on coming up with applications but I’m still in the early stages. I know Spotify has tonnes of spatial data related to this and I see you have posted a few maps that are really cool using it!

    I just wanted to reach out to see if I could get in contact and ask about potential access to data, as well as any potential interest in working with myself and the school on a project. I’d be mostly interested in Canadian artists, however if there is any project Spotify is interested in pursuing in this field I would be greatly interested in getting involved!



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