Which artists are a "one-hit wonder" and which artists have a constant
fan-community? Are Radiohead supporters more receptive to different music
trends than hip-hop artist Nelly's fans? Where do certain music genres
cumulate and where is a recently launched album heard first?
In order to
answer these and other questions, Christopher Adjei and Nils Holland-Cunz
have observed and analyzed the growing music social network service Last.fm
over a period of four months. The results from their observations were
presented in a set of striking visualizations made in Processing, and
divided in four parts: Comparing fan-groups, Fluctuation of fans,
Album-Release, and Cumulation of genres.
The first image shows the
fluctuation of fans of Icelandic singer Bjork, while the second represents
the cumulation of the "Metal" genre across Europe.