Rush featured in Google Research Music Timeline project

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#9 - Posted 1/20/14 @8:44AM by deslock [contact]

This is an nifty visualization, though it'd be interesting if we could get more details. The year labels look slightly off (they're shifted a bit to the left), so I did a little interpolation assuming the points for the albums are correct, and 37.9 pixels/year (on my "retina" screen). For the smaller, post Moving Pictures peaks, I came up with:

Peak 1: 1984-1985 (Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows)

Peak 2: 1990 (Presto and Roll the Bones)

End of red segment: 1994 (just after Counterparts)

Dead zone: 1994-1996

1st red island: 1996-1999 (Test for Echo, Different Staged)

2nd red island (tiny spot at lower tip of Coldplay's peak): 2002 (Vapor Trails)

3rd red island (tiny spot between 2nd and 3rd Coldplay peaks): 2003 (Rush in Rio - a huge video hit, but only a spec on this music graph)

4th red island (there's a thin slit in the middle of it, but I counted it as one): 2004-2008 (R30, Snakes and Arrows, Snakes and Arrows Live)

5th red island: 2010-2013 (Caravan single, Time Machine, Clockwork Angels, The Studio Albums collection)

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Presto and Roll the Bones are only slightly smaller than Grace Under Pressure and Power Windows. Late 1985-1988 was a lull, and Presto and Roll the Bones were a resurgence. Though Counterparts sold more than Hold Your Fire at the time, it's smaller on this graph.

Test for Echo/Different Stages is smaller than anything before it.

VT is minuscule by comparison, and RiR is even smaller than that. R30 increases a tad, but is still small.

Snakes and Arrows and S&AL pick things up a bit, but it's still smaller than Test for Echo/Different Stages.

The last peak is the first once since the hiatus to be larger than Test for Echo. I suspect most of that is because of The Studio Album collection.
#8 - Posted 1/20/14 @7:41AM by hazlnut [contact]

Art rock?

As opposed to Pop (crap) rock.
#7 - Posted 1/19/14 @9:44PM by CraigJ [contact]

This is some pointless research right here.
#6 - Posted 1/19/14 @9:34PM by jaeger [contact]

See how Bugs does on the timeline: link
Is there a normalization?
#5 - Posted 1/19/14 @9:34PM by jaeger [contact]

with his head up his...
#4 - Posted 1/19/14 @7:18PM by Alexfan [contact]

#2 - how do you interpret it?
#3 - Posted 1/19/14 @4:41PM by Ian Harris

Interesting!

Where does the data come from? Google says: "The Music Timeline is based on album and artist statistics aggregated from Google Play Music - we define popularity by how many users have an artist or album in their music library."

So...it has nothing to do with overall sales or concert ticket sales. It makes sense I guess that people - if they use Google Play Music at all - downloaded Rush tunes from that 76-81 period more than others.
#2 - Posted 1/19/14 @4:02PM by jaeger [contact]

Ha! Just got the meaning of Neil's line ``with his tail between his ears"!
#1 - Posted 1/19/14 @11:54AM by Will Collier [contact]

Hah... looking at that timeline reminds me of flipping through album racks back in the day. "Dammit, I don't give a crap about Jennifer Rush or Rundgren! Where's a damn Fly By Night with the lyrics sheet...?"
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