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Mental Floss does a lot of research, often come across facts that don’t fit in to any specific episodes but are too good to keep to themselves. This week, John Green rifles through 101 amazing facts.

The fine folks at AccuRadio mined their data and calculated the total plays each province gave Nickelback in the last month, and, as it turns out, Canadians and Americans love their Nickelback. A LOT.

Nickelback proponents have plenty of evidence to point to that suggests that the band is more popular than outsiders may guess. Nickelback is one of the most commercially successful Canadian groups, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and in 2006, Nickelback received the World Music Award for World’s Best Selling Rock Artist, beating out some other rock bands like Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Coldplay. Nickelback has released 35 singles worldwide, 22 of which have made a top-10 chart in the United States.

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In the US, Nickelback can find their most ardent fans in Nevada. Las Vegas has welcomed Canadian talents such as Shania Twain and Celine Dion with open arms in the past; now, Nickelback joins their ranks. Wyoming residents are the second-biggest lovers of Nickelback, followed by Alaska, Idaho, and West Virginia. Fort Wayne, Indiana, boasts the third-highest concentration of Nickelback fans, and in 2014, South Dakota performed more searches for Nickelback than any other state (interestingly, however, North Dakota tops South Dakota in Nickelback fandom, coming in at eighth on their list).

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Working with support from the Independent Music Store Coalitions (CIMS, DRS, AIMS) and the Music Business Association, BuzzAngle Music’s worked with Record Store Day to take a look at the day’s sales and most popular titles.

Vinyl sales were up over 1,500% from the previous Saturday. The White Stripes “Get Behind Me Satan” topped the chart as the best-selling title for the day. Metallica’s cassette demo, “No Life Til Leather”, was second and the only non-vinyl title in the Top 50. See the entire list below.

As Rhianna’s Bitch Better Have My Money’s jumps to #19 in its second week on the Hot 100, she moves closer to the top for the most top 20 entries among women dating to the chart’s 1958 launch; Elvis Presley leads all acts with 48 top 20 Hot 100 hits (and that’s even with his career predating the chart’s inception by two years). If you’ve ever wondered what streaming music and featuring on a track has done to the charts, look no further than this fact – Madonna has been active since 1982 (33 years), while Rhianna started in 2005 (10 years) and Taylor Swift is 9 years into her career. Nicki Minaj has been around for 6 years, and she’s almost halfway to Madonna.

Most Top 20 Hot 100 Hits by Women:
44, Madonna
35, Rihanna
33, Taylor Swift
32, Mariah Carey
29, Aretha Franklin
29, Janet Jackson
26, Whitney Houston
22, Beyonce
21, Connie Francis
21, Nicki Minaj
20, Diana Ross

Via Billboard

Yet another 7 days, another record-breaking chart week for Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars. The song ties for the second-longest-leading Billboard Hot 100 ever, commanding the chart for a 14th week. The smash hit also ties for the chart’s longest run this century.

“Funk,” ties six other singles for the second-best run at No. 1 dating to the Hot 100’s Aug. 4, 1958, launch, with only one song having led longer. Here’s an updated ranking of the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1s all-time:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist, Date Reached No. 1
16, “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, Dec. 2, 1995
14 (to date), “Uptown Funk!,” Ronson feat. Mars, Jan. 17, 2015
14, “I Gotta Feeling,” the Black Eyed Peas, July 11, 2009
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, June 4, 2005
14, “Candle in the Wind 1997″/”Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John, Oct. 11, 1997
14, “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” Los Del Rio, Aug. 3, 1996
14, “I’ll Make Love to You,” Boyz II Men, Aug. 27, 1994
14, “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston, Nov. 28, 1992

“Funk” also ties for the longest stay at No. 1 on the Hot 100 this century. With 14 weeks on top, it matches the Black Eyed Peas’ command with “I Gotta Feeling,” the last song to lead for at least that long, in 2009. Mariah Carey also logged 14 weeks at No. 1 with “We Belong Together” in 2005.

Will it last? While “Funk” holds atop the Hot 100, the gap between it and the runner-up closes. “Funk” is down by 3 percent in overall activity, while the No. 2 song (for a fourth week), Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” gains by 6 percent.

Via Billboard

In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must request certification and pay a fee to have the sales of the recording audited. The audit is conducted against net shipments after returns (most often an artist’s royalty statement is used), which includes albums sold directly to retailers and one-stops, direct-to-consumer sales (music clubs and mail order) and other outlets.

Catalog product, specifically pre-1972 album releases, are eligible for certification by meeting either the unit shipment or manufacturer’s dollar requirement for each award level. The purpose of this rule is to make certain exceptions for older albums that have very little supporting documentation substantiating that they meet both the unit requirement and the dollar requirement. Without the rule, these titles would potentially be unable to meet the dollar requirement based on the limited documentation available from sales that occurred decades ago.

Multi-disc albums are counted once for each disc within the album if it is over 100 minutes in length or is from the vinyl era. For example, each copy of The Smashing Pumpkins’s Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (running time of 121:39), OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (running time of 134:56), and Shania Twain’s Up! (145:44), all double albums, were counted twice, meaning each album was certified diamond after 5 million copies were shipped. Pink Floyd’s The Wall and The Beatles’ White Album, both vinyl-era, are also counted double even though their running times are under the minimum requirement.

#/Millions Title Artist Label
29 EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 – 1975 EAGLES ELEKTRA
29 THRILLER MICHAEL JACKSON EPIC/LEGACY
23 LED ZEPPELIN IV LED ZEPPELIN ATLANTIC
23 THE WALL PINK FLOYD COLUMBIA
23 GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II BILLY JOEL COLUMBIA
22 BACK IN BLACK AC/DC EPIC
21 DOUBLE LIVE GARTH BROOKS CAPITOL NASHVILLE
20 COME ON OVER SHANIA TWAIN MERCURY NASHVILLE
20 RUMOURS FLEETWOOD MAC WARNER BROS.
19 THE BEATLES THE BEATLES APPLE

Moving ahead to a problem posed in the 17th century, we’ve got one of many paradoxes related to infinity and geometry.

“Gabriel’s Horn” is formed by taking the curve y = 1/x and rotating it around the horizontal axis, as shown in the picture. Using techniques from calculus that make it possible to calculate areas and volumes of shapes constructed this way, it’s possible to see that the infinitely long horn actually has a finite volume equal to π, but an infinite surface area.

As stated in the MathWorld article on the horn, this means that the horn could hold a finite volume of paint but would require an infinite amount of paint to cover its entire surface.

Via Business Insider

Online Radio Reach & Consumption, 2008-2015 [CHART]

Some 44% of Americans aged 12 and up listen to online radio on a weekly basis, up from 36% last year and 33% the year prior, according to the latest annual “Infinite Dial” report from Edison Research and Triton Digital. Moreover, the percentage of survey respondents listening to online radio (defined as listening to AM/FM radio stations online and/or listening to streamed audio content available only on the internet) on a monthly basis cracked the majority threshold for the first time, reaching 53% of the 12+ population, up from 47% last year.

No surprise, then, that a recent report from the Radio Advertising Bureau found optimism surrounding radio’s digital ad sales growth, expected to be in the double-digit range again this year.

Via Audiolicious.TV

From Uncut:

Neil Young has admitted he once bought thousands of copies of his own album and used them as shingles on the roof of his house.

Young, who recently launched his high quality digital Pono music player and service at South By South West in Austin, Texas revealed that a “mastering error” on the 1978 album Comes A Time left him dissatisfied with the release and forced him to take the existing copies off the market.

Asked if the story was true by Rolling Stone, Young replied: “The tape got damaged when it went through the airport or something. I had to go back and use a copy of the master — it was a copy, but it had better-sounding playback than the other one. No, no, I made a barn roof out of them. I used them as shingles.”

Eventbrite, the global marketplace of live experiences, today released a list of America’s most event-going cities and the United States of Events, a visualization of the event-going trends across America’s largest 25 cities. The company leveraged its platform of millions of events to zoom in on attendance themes across popular categories including food and drink, live music, art and fitness. Browse the United States of Events interactive to explore each city’s surprising interests, from yoga classes in San Diego to art shows in Houston to bacon events in New York City.

Overall Music Ticket Sales
1. Austin
2. San Francisco
3. Houston
4. New York City
5. Charlotte
6. Los Angeles
7. Dallas
8. Philadelphia
9. Nashville
10. Chicago
11. Denver
12. San Antonio
13. Boston
14. San Diego
15. Portland
16. Washington
17. San Jose
18. Seattle
19. Columbus
20. Phoenix
21. Baltimore
22. Detroit
23. Indianapolis
24. Jacksonville
25. Fort Worth

EDM Event Ticket Sales
1. Austin
2. San Francisco
3. Houston
4. New York City
5. Charlotte
6. Los Angeles
7. Dallas
8. Philadelphia
9. Chicago
10. Boston
11. San Antonio
12. San Diego
13. Nashville
14. Denver
15. Portland
16. San Jose
17. Washington
18. Seattle
19. Columbus
20. Phoenix
21. Detroit
22. Indianapolis
23. Baltimore
24. Jacksonville
25. Fort Worth

Rock n’ Roll Event Ticket Sales
1. Austin
2. San Francisco
3. Houston
4. New York City
5. Charlotte
6. Los Angeles
7. Dallas
8. Philadelphia
9. Nashville
10. Denver
11. Chicago
12. San Antonio
13. San Diego
14. Boston
15. Baltimore
16. Portland
17. Washington
18. San Jose
19. Phoenix
20. Seattle
21. Columbus
22. Detroit
23. Indianapolis
24. Jacksonville
25. Fort Worth

Hip Hop Event Ticket Sales
1. Austin
2. San Francisco
3. Houston
4. New York City
5. Dallas
6. Charlotte
7. Los Angeles
8. Philadelphia
9. Chicago
10. Nashville
11. San Antonio
12. Denver
13. Boston
14. San Diego
15. Washington
16. San Jose
17. Portland
18. Seattle
19. Phoenix
20. Baltimore
21. Columbus
22. Detroit
23. Indianapolis
24. Jacksonville
25. Fort Worth

Jazz Event Ticket Sales
1. Austin
2. San Francisco
3. Houston
4. New York City
5. Charlotte
6. Los Angeles
7. Dallas
8. Philadelphia
9. Nashville
10. Denver
11. Chicago
12. San Antonio
13. Boston
14. Portland
15. San Diego
16. Washington
17. San Jose
18. Seattle
19. Columbus
20. Detroit
21. Phoenix
22. Baltimore
23. Indianapolis
24. Jacksonville
25. Fort Worth

Country Event Ticket Sales
1. Austin
2. San Francisco
3. Houston
4. New York City
5. Charlotte
6. Los Angeles
7. Dallas
8. Philadelphia
9. Nashville
10. Denver
11. Chicago
12. San Antonio
13. Portland
14. Boston
15. San Diego
16. San Jose
17. Washington
18. Indianapolis
19. Columbus
20. Seattle
21. Detroit
22. Phoenix
23. Baltimore
24. Jacksonville
25. Fort Worth

Most Event-Going Cities in US:
1. New York City, NY
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Austin, TX
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Chicago, IL
6. Houston, TX
7. Boston, MA
8. Dallas, TX
9. Philadelphia, PA
10. San Diego, CA

Eventbrite’s dataset reveals surprising insights that point towards the types of events that each city loves the most.

New Yorkers attended fashion shows, plays, comedy acts, and art shows two times more than the next most artsy city, Los Angeles.
Everything is big in Texas, including their appetite for live music events. Houston, Dallas and Austin all rank in the top eight cities for live music show attendance. From Rock to EDM, and even Jazz and Country, Austin’s music reputation stands true by ranking number one across the board in live music.
Californians win the race when it comes to health and fitness experiences. San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego all made the top ten cities for health and fitness attendance.
Bostonians come in strong for attendance to food and drink events, ranking fifth across the US, proving weather won’t stop Boston from indulging in a tasty time.
Chicagoans are all about the hops and hot dogs, winning out at attendance to beer festivals and tasting, and ranking fifth in stand-up comedy show attendance, busting up with laughter no matter how blustery the weather.

Recent university research indicates that experiential purchases make people happier than things, and Americans today spend on and attend more live experiences than in previous decades. Since 1987, the share of consumer spending on live experiences and events relative to total U.S. consumer spending increased 70% (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis).

As America’s largest generation, millennials are driving the experiences boom: 3 in 4 millennials (78%) would choose to spend money on a desirable experience or event over buying something desirable, and 55% of millennials say they’re spending more on events and live experiences than ever before.

Millennials interest in live experiences and their increasing ability to spend is driving the growth of the Experience Economy. See Eventbrite’s Millennials: Fueling the Experience Economy report for more information.

“Less than a decade ago, the world had never seen a mud run before, let alone a color run or zombie run. New events of all kinds are rapidly entering the scene because people want to experience more, and technology is a major driver of this growth,” said Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite. “The growing appetite for unique experiences presents a huge business opportunity for people to create new and exciting live events.”