Oasis v. Blur – The Battle for Britpop Supremacy: Creating the visualisation

I have always wanted to do a data visualisation on music data, but the ideas I had in the past were often too ambitious or too complicated. Over the past few months, I went back to the drawing board and decided to do it around the two biggest Britpop bands of the 90’s, Oasis and Blur.

Since I had a good idea of what I wanted to base the viz around, it seemed fitting to compare both Oasis and Blur’s album performances in the UK Charts based on their album and their lead single from their individual albums in both the album and singles charts. As both bands reached Number 1 in both of those charts, it was a no-brainer to base the story around those topics.

I wanted to keep the colour scheme very simple with the bar charts I had used to generate the dashboard. The orange for Blur worked well for me as their self-titled album from 1997 had a bright colour scheme which gave it a nice look for their album cover.

With Oasis, I knew that Noel and Liam Gallagher are huge Manchester City football fans, so it was definitely fitting to have a sky blue colour for the Oasis bar charts as that would definitely connect not only with Oasis fans, but also Manchester City fans who have followed Oasis until they split up in 2009.

I’m really happy with the final outcome of the viz, but I do feel as if I had even more data to work with (i.e. adding two more bands), it would have challenged myself to create a more interesting viz. But that does not take away from the fact that I am wanting to push myself outside my comfort zone and do vizzes around areas that are more challenging for me.

The final visualisation which you can see if you click on the image and view it on my Tableau Public profile below goes away from my recent mobile-first attempts for Makeover Monday and the layout is more designed for the web.

UPDATE: Data Journalism expert Paul Bradshaw spotted an error with my bar charts as they were out of position so what I have done now is use a line chart. It’s still the same story, but you can see how the positions change for both charts in terms of albums and lead singles. It looks much better than the convoluted bar charts I had used in the first iteration of the viz.

You can view this updated visualisation below on my Tableau Public profile by clicking on the picture.

Oasis v. Blur - The Battle for Britpop Supremacy

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