R.E.M. is Maine’s favorite band, researchers say

Tip of the cap here to Business Insider, which reported this afternoon on a study by Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a so-called “music intelligence company” that mines data for major music industry folks.

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (Reuters photo)

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe (Reuters photo)

Lamere’s latest project looked at which bands get the most unusually high streams in which state — not necessarily the bands with the most overall streams in each state, but the bands whose streams are most significantly higher than the national average there.

So who are Mainers more likely to listen to than other Americans — or the state’s “favorite band,” as Business Insider says? R.E.M.

After all, as you read in this very blog just a few days ago, Mainers are indeed considered by the Gallup polling agency as statistically “shiny, happy people.”

Are you one of the thousands of Mainers planning to buy tickets for country singer Tim McGraw’s concert in Bangor this May? You might feel right at home — at least in terms of music preferences — in Montana.

Here’s the map generated by Lamere’s research:

band map


And, because you’re all obviously giant R.E.M. fans, here’s “Everybody Hurts”: