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Old 04-25-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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Which Cities Are the Musical Trend Setters? - Arts & Lifestyle - The Atlantic Cities

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Which Cities Are the Musical Trend Setters?

Richard Florida
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The chart below (from their study) shows the "leader-follower network" for the 20 most active cities in Canada and the United States for popular music overall, indie rock, and hip-hop.



Atlanta leads in popular music overall, followed by Chicago, Montreal, and Pittsburgh.

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[1204.2677] The Geographic Flow of Music


It seems that after a relatively fallow period in the 80s and 90s, Pittsburgh has recently reemerged as a center for cutting edge music in genres from indie to hip hop to progressive to whatever Girl Talk is. For a long time it seemed like we had little more than Joe Grushecky and The Clarks to hang our collective hat on.

The innovative Pittsburgh music scene dovetails nicely with the emergence of "Rust Belt Chic", PGH's youthful demographic explosion, dramatically improving regional educational and economic indicators, and widespread Pittsburgh perception enhancement.
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Old 04-25-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Mac Miller and Girl Talk rule the world. Although as I understand it, this study isn't necessarily about where the music is produced, as where it starts trending.

Incidentally we had discussed charts (b) and (c) a bit before:

https://www.city-data.com/forum/23921150-post34.html

But that is the first time I saw (a), which is even more impressive.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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This doesn't make that much sense to me as only Wiz and Mac Miller have hit it it big with others having cult followings (Girl Talk, Anti-Flag, Grand Buffet). There are some bands that have made a minor splash (1,2,3, Donora, Zombi, Dieselboy etc.) but I don't know how that factors in to trend setting. Then again this is only measuring against last.fm which makes it less than scientific.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:13 AM
 
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Mac Miller and Girl Talk rule the world. Although as I understand it, this study isn't necessarily about where the music is produced, as where it starts trending.

Incidentally we had discussed charts (b) and (c) a bit before:

https://www.city-data.com/forum/23921150-post34.html

But that is the first time I saw (a), which is even more impressive.

Don't forget Wiz either, he might already be the most popular musical artist from Pittsburgh ever at this point. He has pretty much started a national movement focusing on his hometown with the youtube generation.
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Old 04-26-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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I read the paper. I see a strong diaspora effect. That is to say, people in New York are paying attention to what people in Pittsburgh are listening to. In other words, "What are my homeboys grooving to now?"
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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This doesn't make that much sense to me as only Wiz and Mac Miller have hit it it big with others having cult followings (Girl Talk, Anti-Flag, Grand Buffet).
I'd underscore the fact this isn't necessarily about where the music is produced, but where the trend starts. So, if someone makes music in NYC and posts it online, and then it starts trending among listeners in Pittsburgh, and then starts trending in NYC, that will count as Pittsburgh leading NYC, even though the music was made in NYC.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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I will add that "hitting it big" doesn't necessarily equate to being influential or innovative.
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Old 04-26-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Well so much for Pittsburgh not being on the cutting edge of music.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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Don't get me wrong, I love Pittsburgh's music scene and probably listen to it more than everyone in this thread. I also am a frequently user of last.fm and use it all the time (it certainly doesn't have the reach that music services like Pandora do). But popular music is still dominated by pop artists, pop rappers and pop country (which is to be expected of course). I'm not seeing the Pittsburgh sound being spread out quite yet. Give it a few years and we'll see.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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What to do tonight in Pittsburgh: East Liberty's feeling the reggae love - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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What to do tonight in Pittsburgh: East Liberty's feeling the reggae love

May 17, 2012 6:12 pm

Dan Majors / The Pittsburgh Press

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"A lot of people don't realize that we're making some really good music right here in Pittsburgh. Reggae followers hear the music on the radio and they think it was made in Jamaica, but it was made right here in Pittsburgh. We want to expose that to everybody.

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