Maybe “least-downloaded” artists would be a better way of describing the factoid-set commemorated on this graphic.
Consequence of Sound explains its origin:
[Randall] Cooper mined data for top 50 (above), 100, and 200 artists (both below) to create three different maps. At 50, Florida, Arizona, Mississippi, Indiana and Ohio are all down on the HAIM girls, while only Illinois and Vermont are Chris Brown haters (apparently, the real Brown aversion shows when you limit to the top 40 acts). Hawaii’s not fond of The Rolling Stones, and for some reason Pennsylvanians don’t dig 2Pac. (Oh, and 15 States end up labeled as disliking R. Kelly.)
For me, it was illuminating to discover that Oklahoma is not alone in most-ignoring the Rolling Stones. I did have to, er, refresh my memory on what Bon Iver is.
Take a look (at the CoS link) at the most-ignored breakouts for Top 100 and 200. Who knew Mary J. Blige would be such an annoyance west of the Mississippi? But then, the Dead can apparently fugeddaboudit too.
The days of not being able to data-slice our big, beautiful world with a ninja-chopper are definitely over.