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Gracenote Shows Us What Music the World is Playing

Ever wonder what's topping the charts in Germany or blasting on the car stereos in Saudi Arabia? The folks at Gracenote have devised a very cool way to find out.

If you've ever uploaded an album into your iTunes music library, you know Gracenote: It's the program that looks up the track listings for the albums. Gracenote collects that data and keeps track of how many times it's searched to compile a map of hot artists and albums worldwide.

Scrolling through the map is totally addictive. Clicking through Europe and Africa, I noticed the enduring popularity of Linkin Park and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Several Central and South American countries were busily uploading the High School Musical 2 soundtrack, while the Beatles are still big pretty much anywhere. The United States map is broken down by state, so you can see that Carrie Underwood ranks high in Kentucky and Bruce Springsteen is rocking Rhode Island.

Go click around, and let me know — what's the most intriguing thing you found?

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Megatron Megatron 9 years
*in Russia, long day
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I am listening to the same thing the people are! That is awesome! :D
kimbrly836 kimbrly836 9 years
U2 in United Arab Emirates threw me for bit of a loop.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
terryt18 - I was wondering the same thing. I was trying to figure out whether this was based on each country's iTunes version or just the geographical location of the computer that downloaded.
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
James Blunt is number four? Vomitous. At least the Beatles are up there.
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 9 years
Very cool! I didn't know Linkin Park has such a worldwide following.
Mädchen Mädchen 9 years
I guess, since iTunes still isn't all that widespread in quite a few countries, those charts don't always reallly reflect the actual musical tastes, but still... it's fun. :)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
This really is addictive. Thanks, Buzz!
amh678 amh678 9 years
The Beatles are the #4 artist in El Salvador, followed by Madonna. Random!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Iranians like Pink Floyd, Celine Dion, and Metallica...quite an eclectic mix. Iraqis like Green Day, 50 Cent, Eminem, ICP, and George Strait. Wonder if that includes American soldiers in Iraq..? Afghanistan is similarly Americanized in musical prefs...
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Backstreet Boys are Egypt! #9 :lol:
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
JK Rowling is pretty popular in the States.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Yay, it works! hehe... I guess I'm a little surprised at how pervasive American artists are throughout the world. Most Americans aren't too familiar with foreign artists. I listen to a lot of canciones en español because I'm trying to improve my Spanish speaking and listening skills.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
argh, I must need more coffee today or something. It's really, really working now. :)
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
The link in the post is still not quite right.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
That is SO fascinating!! I'm totally intrigued by the fact that the Insane Clown Posse is huge in Iraq and the Backstreet Boys are still rockin' India. :rotfl: So random!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Thanks, Buzz!!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
jennifer76 — ack, the link wasn't showing up! so sorry about that. It's in the post now, but you can also just click here
amh678 amh678 9 years
That's pretty cool!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Do you have a link? I don't see this on their site...? :?
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