This Map Lists Every State's Favorite Artist

Music Machinery created the map above to illustrate each state's favorite artist. They used streaming data from The Echo Nest to determine which artist dominated each state based on streams. Jay Z dominated most of the East while Macklemore controls the Northwest and Drake surprisingly dominates the Southern states. What do you think? Are they right? Enjoy.

-AO

Pharrell Williams- "Gust of Wind (feat. Daft Punk)" x "It Girl" (Music Videos)

Pharrell has released music videos for "Gust of Wind" and "It Girl" from his amazing album, G  I  R  L. He continues to show his knack for making beautiful art. The "Gust of Wind" video features Pharrell dancing with women in a forest while two huge Daft Punk helmet rock formations float and sing along. (It sounds insane, I know, but it's great.) In the "It Girl" music video, Pharrell teams up with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami to craft an interesting anime version of the song. I don't even like anime, but this was pretty dope. Enjoy.

-AO

56th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners

Well, the GRAMMYs happened last night and as usual they shook up the blogosphere and the music world with their bad decisions. I’ve struck through my original predictions and bolded the actual winners below. Kendrick got snubbed. Enjoy.

Record of the Year

"Get Lucky"- Daft Punk, Pharrell

"Radioactive"- Imagine Dragons

"Royals"- Lorde

"Locked Out Of Heaven"- Bruno Mars

"Blurred Lines"- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell

Album of the Year

The Blessed Unrest- Sara Bareilles

Random Access Memories- Daft Punk

good kid, m.A.A.d city- Kendrick Lamar

The Heist- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Red- Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

"Just Give Me a Reason"- Jeff Bhasker, Pink, Nate Ruess

"Locked Out Of Heaven"- Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Bruno Mars

"Roar"- Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Katy Perry, Henry Walter

"Royals"- Joel Little, Lorde

"Same Love"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert

Best New Artist

James Blake

Kendrick Lamar

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Kacey Musgraves

Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Brave"- Sara Bareilles

"Royals"- Lorde

"When I Was Your Man"- Bruno Mars

"Roar"- Katy Perry

"Mirrors"- Justin Timberlake

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

"Get Lucky"- Daft Punk, Pharrell

"Just Give Me a Reason"- Pink, Nate Ruess

"Stay"- Rihanna, Mikky Ekko

"Blurred Lines"- Robin Thicke, T.I., Pharrell

"Suit & Tie"- Justin Timberlake, Jay Z

Best Pop Vocal Album

Paradise-Lana Del Rey

Pure Heroine- Lorde

Unorthodox Jukebox- Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines- Robin Thicke

The 20/20 Experience- The Complete Experience- Justin Timberlake

Best R&B Performance

"Love And War"- Tamar Braxton

"Best Of Me"- Anthony Hamilton

"Nakamarra"- Hiatus Kaiyote, Q-Tip

"How Many Drinks?"- Miguel, Kendrick Lamar

"Something"- Snarky Puppy, Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song

"Best Of Me"- Anthony Hamilton, Jairus Mozee

"Love And War"- Tamar Braxton, Darhyl Camper, Jr., LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick

"Only One"- PJ Morton

"Pusher Love Girl"- James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake

"Without Me"- Fantasia Barrino, Missy Elliott, Al Sherrod Lambert, Harmony Samuels, Kyle Stewart

Best R&B Album

R&B Divas- Faith Evans

Girl On Fire- Alicia Keys

Love In The Future- John Legend

Better- Chrisette Michele

Three Kings- TGT

Best Rap Performance

"Started From The Bottom"- Drake

"Berzerk"- Eminem

"Tom Ford"- Jay Z

"Swimming Pools (Drank)"- Kendrick Lamar

"Thrift Shop"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Wanz

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Power Trip"- J. Cole, Miguel

"Part II (On The Run)"- Jay Z, Beyonce

"Holy Grail"- Jay Z, Justin Timberlake

"Now Or Never"- Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige

"Remember You"- Wiz Khalifa, The Weeknd

Best Rap Song

"Fuckin’ Problems"- A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Noah Shebib

"Holy Grail"- Jay Z, The-Dream, J. Harmon, Timothy Mosley, Justin Timberlake, Ernest Wilson, (Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic)

"New Slaves"- Frank Ocean, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Louis Johnson, Malik Jones, Elon Rutberg, Sakiya Sandifer, Che Smith, Kanye West, Cydell Young, (Anna Adamis, Gabor Presser)

"Started From The Bottom"- W. Coleman, Drake, Noah Shebib, (Bruno Sanfilippo)

"Thrift Shop"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

Best Rap Album

Nothing Was The Same- Drake

Magna Carta Holy Grail- Jay Z

good kid, m.A.A.d city- Kendrick Lamar

The Heist- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Yeezus- Kanye West

Best Music Video

"Safe And Sound"- Capital Cities

"Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film"- Jay Z

"Can’t Hold Us"- Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Ray Dalton

"Suit & Tie"- Justin Timberlake, Jay Z

"I’m Shakin’"- Jack White

-HB

Top 40 Favorite Songs of 2013

I had originally intended for this list to include my top 25 favorite songs of the year, but after realizing that there were around 50 candidates, I decided to make it a top 40. These are my top 40 favorite songs from 2013, listed in order based on how much I enjoyed them, not their merit. Happy New Years everyone and here’s hoping that, musically, 2014 is as good to us as 2013 was. Enjoy.

  1. "Blood On The Leaves”- Kanye West, Yeezus
  2. “Wanderlust”- The Weeknd, Kiss Land
  3. "Let The Groove Get In”- Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: 1 of 2
  4. "Acid Rain”- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
  5. "Lose Yourself To Dance (feat. Pharrell)”- Daft Punk, Random Access Memories
  6. "Holy Holy (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid & Ab-Soul)”- Vic Mensa, INNANETAPE
  7. "Pusha Man (feat. Nate Fox & Lili K.)”- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
  8. “Nosetalgia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Pusha T, My Name Is My Name
  9. "She Knows (feat. Amber Coffman)”- J. Cole, Born Sinner
  10. “Primetime (feat. Miguel)”- Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
  11. "Ghosts That We Knew”- Mumford & Sons, Babel
  12. "Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)”- Beyoncé, BEYONCÉ
  13. "Tears For ODB”- J. Cole, Truly Yours
  14. “Answer”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  15. "Too Much (feat. Sampha)”- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
  16. “48 (feat. Nas & Frank Ocean)”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  17. “Victory”- Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
  18. “Runaway”- J. Cole, Born Sinner
  19. "Worst Behavior”- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
  20. “Adaptation”- The Weeknd, Kiss Land
  21. "Part II (On The Run) (feat. Beyoncé)”- Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
  22. "Spaceship II (feat. GLC & Chance The Rapper)”- Alex Wiley, Club Wiley
  23. “IFHY (feat. Pharrell)”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  24. "All Me (feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)”- Drake, Nothing Was The Same
  25. “Control (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)”- Big Sean
  26. "U.O.E.N.O. (Remix)”- Black Hippy
  27. “Rusty (feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)”- Tyler, The Creator, Wolf
  28. "World Ablaze (feat. James Fauntleroy)”- Big Sean, Hall Of Fame
  29. “Lit (feat. J. Cole & KQuick)”- Bas, Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. II
  30. "Too Early (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)”- The-Dream, IV Play
  31. "1 Train (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Yelawolf, Danny Brown & Big K.R.I.T.)”- A$AP Rocky, LONG.LIVE.A$AP
  32. "Somewhere In America”- Jay Z, Magna Carta Holy Grail
  33. "Chain Smoker”- Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
  34. "Hopeless Wanderer”- Mumford & Sons, Babel
  35. "Electric Lady (feat. Solange)”- Janelle Monáe, The Electric Lady
  36. “Cabaret (feat. Drake)”- Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
  37. "Girls Love Beyonce (feat. James Fauntleroy)”- Drake
  38. "Time Is Money (feat. Rockie Fresh)”- Vic Mensa, INNANETAPE
  39. "Change Me”- Justin Bieber
  40. “Immortal”- Kid Cudi, Indicud

-AO

Top 10 Albums/Mixtapes of 2013

After MUCH deliberation, and some late nominations, I have compiled my list of top ten albums/mixtapes from this past year. 2013 was an amazing year for music in general, especially hip-hop, so this was tough to call. But, I have managed to finish a list that I am content with. To be clear, this list does not consist of which projects I think are greater than the others. I have assembled this list, in order, in terms of which projects were my favorites this year; these are the albums I enjoyed the most from 2013. So without further ado, the list:

1. Acid Rap (Chance The Rapper)

2. Kiss Land (The Weeknd)

3. Wolf (Tyler, The Creator)

4. Nothing Was The Same (Drake)

5. Born Sinner (J. Cole)

6. BEYONCÉ (Beyoncé)

7. The 20/20 Experience: 1 of 2 (Justin Timberlake)

8. The Electric Lady (Janelle Monáe)

9. Yeezus (Kanye West)

10. INNANETAPE (Vic Mensa)

Honorable Mentions: My Name Is My Name (Pusha T), Random Access Memories (Daft Punk), Love In The Future (John Legend)

It’s only fitting that my list began and ended with Chicago. Shout out to my city. Stay tuned for my list of top 25 songs of the year. Enjoy.

-AO

Pharrell performed the new Daft Punk song that features him for the first time at an HTC event the other night and he did it three times…Ball so hard haha. I don’t know, it was an alright performance. I don’t think he should have performed over the original track, but then again it doesn’t look like he can hit the really high notes live. I’m not sure. But, I’m not hating. “Get Lucky” is a great song. Enjoy.

-HB