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The Top Trending Artists in Every US State Throughout the 2010s

23 July, 2020

The map shows the highest trending artists for every state. Trending artists from 2010 to 2020 were taken from billboard.com's top artist year-end charts.

Google Trends was used to acquire the weekly relative search interest for every artist's name, along with the interest by state. Using these two datasets, we're able to calculate the relative search interest for every state for a particular week. Linear interpolation was used to calculate the daily search interest.

Top artists for 2020 were sourced from the Weekly Artist 100 pages. The top artist from each week from 1 Jan 2020 to 25 July 2020 was used.

Some artists' names were modified to retrieve more accurate search results. For example, 'Ke$ha', was replaced with 'Kesha'. As shown by this graph, as most users search for the one without the dollar sign.

Special attention was also given to artists like Train, Future and fun. It was ensured that the Google trends data only included artist searches and did not include generic searches with identical keywords.

Google Trends was used to acquire the weekly relative search interest for every artist's name, along with the interest by state. Using these two datasets, we're able to calculate the relative search interest for every state for a particular week. Linear interpolation was used to calculate the daily search interest.