Alex Pham

contributing editor

contributing editor

Exclusive: Maker Studio's Epic Rap Battles Scores RIAA Gold

Exclusive: Maker Studio's Epic Rap Battles Scores RIAA Gold

A video from Maker Studios' "Epic Rap Battles of History" YouTube series has snagged a Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, due in large part to its 71 million online video views.
Vine Arrives: Viral Twerk Video Helps Year-Old Rap Song Rocket Up Charts

Vine Arrives: Viral Twerk Video Helps Year-Old Rap Song Rocket Up Charts

Twitter’s six-second videoclip app Vine had its first major hit as a promotional platform this week by helping a 15-month-old song go viral and rocket up Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. The track, “Don’t Drop That Thun Thun,” released in April 2012 by Los Angeles-based group FiNATTiCZ, is enjoying an unexpected second wind in sales and streams, thanks to a perfect storm in social media.

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