Earlier this year, local alt-weekly the Grid proclaimed Toronto the Best Music City in the World. While now researchers at University College in Dublin, Ireland have quantified that statement in a recent study tracking the geographic spread of new music. Turns out the Grid wasn’t that far off. Using data provided by social media website Last.FM, and a methodology normally used for tracking pigeon migration patterns, the researchers tracked which cities are first in adopting new tracks and artists and came up with some surprising discoveries.
Rather than New York and LA taking top prize, Toronto ranked second to Montreal in the early adoption of indie music, and Atlanta when it comes to hip hop. Across genres Hogtown ranked number six, with Atlanta once again taking top spot.
You can check out the full study here.