Not tryin’ to be rude: R. Kelly is Iowa’s ‘most ignored artist’
Published on February 28th, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
Earlier this week I posted about the Musical Machinery blog on distinctive artists by state that named rapper B.o.B. as the most distinctive artist being streamed in Iowa. It’s kind of a complicated formula, best to click through to see how it works.
Blogger Paul Lamere is still playing around with the statistics, putting out a list of the Most Ignored Artists in each state. Iowa got R. Kelly. So did Nebraska. And South Dakota. And Minnesota. And New Mexico. And several other states.
No one is paying attention to R. Kelly. I guess that’s why he’s doing more “Trapped in the Closet” videos.
But this doesn’t mean that R. Kelly is getting streamed less than every other artist of all time in Iowa. Lamare is actually looking at the top 50 artists nationwide, and looking at who from that list is being streamed the least in each state. So apologies to pretty much every Iowa band except Slipknot and Stone Stone, but “12 Play” is probably still getting more plays than your latest release.
It’s interesting to see how the the ignored artists work out regionally. Country singer Luke Bryan is last in a lot of the northeast, while Bon Iver is ignored in a lot of the southwest. Bob Marley is last in Wisconsin and Michigan, which surprises me a bit just because of the number of colleges and events like the Ann Arbor Hash Bash which I figured might pump up Marley’s numbers a bit.