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  1. 5 Seconds of Summer Hit Top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 22, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Pop/rock quartet 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is quickly becoming an online force that can sway its online fan army to achieve Social 50 chart success. This week, following 5SOS’ performance on the May 18 Billboard Music Awards, the band surges into ...

  2. Grammys Garner Record Social Mentions In 2014, Lorde Most Discussed on Twitter

    January 30, 2014 3:15 PM EST This year's Grammy Awards pulled in 34 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, making the Jan. 26 show television's biggest social event of the season so far. The 2013 Grammy event, by comparison, dr ...

  3. Facebook Unveils New Trending Tool For News Stories

    January 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST Facebook 'Less Cool,' But Still Popular With Teens, Others in the U.S. Facebook Testing Video Advertisements Is Facebook Overdoing It With Ads? Facebook on Thursday (Jan. 16) unveiled “Trending,” a personalized list of topics and news st ...

  4. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  5. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, ...

  6. Business Matters: Signs That Teen Interest in Facebook Is Fading

    October 30, 2013 8:14 PM EDT Facebook's stickiness has come into doubt this week after signs that some teens are ditching Facebook in favor of other social media services. The latest evidence came directly from Facebook Wednesday afternoon. The company revealed in its ...

  7. Michael Jackson's New Instagram Account Causes Surge on Social 50 Chart

    September 05, 2013 9:57 PM EDT The late Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13) following online activity around his birthday (Aug. 29) and the launch of his Instagram account. Paul McCartney, Prince, Robert Plant: Why Veteran Musi ...

  8. Demi Lovato Hits Social 50 Chart High

    July 26, 2013 9:15 AM EDT Demi Lovato makes a 15 position leap to No. 2 on the Social 50 chart, prompted by the release of the official Vevo video on July 17 for her new single "Made in the USA." The title garnered 8.8 million worldwide views during the chart ...

  9. Bob Marley Hits Top 10 on Social 50 Chart For First Time

    July 19, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Bob Marley breaks into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart for the first time. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodolog ...

  10. PSY Reaches 3 Billion YouTube Views

    July 11, 2013 7:28 PM EDT PSY jumps up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, flying 29-6 on the tally, as his YouTube channel hits a major milestone. During the charting week ending July 14, PSY's channel broke the 3 billion views mark and became the fifth ch ...

  11. One Direction Film Teaser Spurs No. 1 Return on Social 50 Chart

    June 28, 2013 7:40 PM EDT One Direction returns to No. 1 on the Social 50 for the first time since December, thanks to the release of a teaser for its upcoming documentary film "This Is Us." The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Faceboo ...

  12. Austin Mahone Makes Social 50 Chart Return

    June 20, 2013 8:41 PM EDT Rising pop star Austin Mahone re-enters the Social 50 chart at No. 34 following the June 10 debut of a new single, “What About Love” (Chase Records/Republic). The track’s official Vevo music video debuted shortly afterwards last week, which help ...

  13. Instagram Debuts Video Service

    June 20, 2013 5:23 PM EDT Facebook finally has a competitor to the popular video service Vine. At a press event Thursday, Instagram revealed a new feature for that allows users to record and share 15-second videos -- over twice as long as Vine's -- to be viewed alon ...

  14. Bonnaroo, Facebook, Instagram Team Up for Crowd-Sourced Documentary, More

    June 13, 2013 11:38 AM EDT Bonnaroo's roughly 85,000 attendees this week will contribute to a crowdsourced documentary, and can automatically brag on Facebook about watching their favorite artists – all part of Facebook and subsidiary Instagram's exclusive soci ...

  15. Pitbull Drives Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    May 03, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Pitbull and Justin Timberlake make vaults into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, following busy weeks for each star, while affinity for the late George Jones results in his making the survey for the first time.   The Social 50 r ...

  16. Mobile Drives Facebook's First Quarter

    May 01, 2013 5:42 PM EDT Facebook is fast making inroads into mobile devices, with 75% of its users firing up its application on smart phones or tablets in the first quarter this year.  Those mobile viewers are translating to rapidly growing pool of advertising dollars ...

  17. Are You at Coachella or Record Store Day? We Want Your Instagram Photos!

    April 18, 2013 3:57 PM EDT We've got a new audience-generated Instagram section on Billboard.biz -- and for Coachella and Record Store Day, we're going to be printing photos from it in the magazine, which is just about the easiest way possible to get your photo ...

  18. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 11, 2013 7:20 PM EST Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, ...

  19. Business Matters: Instagram Loses Millions of Users. Will They Return?

    December 28, 2012 2:26 PM EST If your label or band uses the photo-sharing app Instagram, your photos aren't being seen by as many people this week. The larger question is whether or not they're coming back. Instagram has lost nearly a quarter of its daily users in a ...

  20. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  21. Jenni Rivera Re-Enters Social 50 Chart at No. 3

    December 14, 2012 5:33 PM EST Two late artists return to Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, with Jenni Rivera re-entering at No. 3 and John Lennon debuting at No. 40. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, W ...

  22. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  23. Viddy Shoots for Multi-Platform with Android Release

    December 12, 2012 6:00 AM EST Viddy, the Los Angeles start-up whose 15-second mobile video application has been downloaded more than 40 million times on iOS devices, will release its eponymous app for Android devices Wednesday. Used by Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding ...

  24. Morning Fix: Others Who Died on Jenni Rivera Flight; Pepsi's Label-Like Plans; 12-12-12 Benefit Album

    December 11, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters WHO WAS WITH JENNI RIVERA ABOARD THE PLANE THAT CRASHED? There have been few details about the people who were aboard the private plane with ...

  25. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera, RIP: Beyonce and Pepsi Re-Team for Super Bowl; Rick Ross Cancels Maybach Music Tour

    December 10, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters JENNI RIVERA, QUEEN OF BANDA, DEAD AT 43: Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexica ...

  26. Shakira's Instagram 'Bumps' Her Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    December 07, 2012 2:31 PM EST Shakira (right) with her bump partially on display with Gerard Piqué, her boyfriend and FC Barcelona defender. While Shakira hasn't been particularly active on the music scene as of late, she still manages to keep her fans as engaged via soci ...

  27. Morning Fix: Young Acts Score Big Grammy Noms, But Bieber Snubbed; Concord Shopped To Equity Firms; Instagram Vs. Twitter

    December 06, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters FRANK OCEAN, MUMFORD & SONS, FUN., JAY-Z, KANYE LEAD GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2013 : The 55th annual Grammys announced its nominees in Nashvil ...

  28. Ke$ha Returns to Social 50 Chart As 'Warrior' Album Launch Nears

    November 30, 2012 8:30 AM EST At No. 48, Ke$ha comes back to the Social 50 chart for the first time since dropping from the list in March 2012. The return comes as she drums up online activity (16% rise in Facebook reaction) to generate buzz around her upcoming album, "Wa ...

  29. Rihanna 'SNL' Performance and 'Diamonds' Premiere Fuels Social 50 Chart Gain

    November 17, 2012 8:00 AM EST As the release of Rihanna's seventh album, "Unapologetic," nears its Nov. 19 release date, the diva has been in promotion overdrive. In turn, the singer soars up four slots on Billboard's Social 50 chart (7-3) with big gains ac ...

  30. Morning Fix: BMG's $20 Piracy Fine, Shakira, Usher To Judge 'The Voice,' Google's Instagram, TV On the Radio's ATP

    September 18, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JEFF CASTELAZ IN LINE TO TAKE OVER ELEKTRA: SOURCE: As Billboard.biz speculated Friday, Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz -- who, with general manager Matt Solod ...

  31. SoundCloud Gets A Redesign: We Take the Beta Version for a Test-Drive

    May 10, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Faster, better-looking, and with an indispensable set of new features, the next version of SoundCloud's web app debuted online Wednesday at 10 a.m. PST to 10,000 invited beta testers. Phased rollouts to the community will occur over the comin ...

  32. Facebook Announces New App Center

    May 10, 2012 12:29 PM EDT Late yesterday (May 9), Facebook announced on its Developer Blog a new App Center, which it describes as both a place for people to discover social apps and a vehicle for developers to promote and build upon their apps. The post, written by Facebo ...

  33. Louis C.K., Bjork, Pinterest, Spotify Among Webby Awards Winners

    May 01, 2012 7:34 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- When Louis C.K. released his comedy special "Live at the Beacon Theater" by himself on his website for $5, it was little more than a cautiously optimistic experiment. Less than two weeks later, it had reaped more than $1 ...

  34. Facebook Reports Lower 1Q Net Income

    April 24, 2012 6:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's first-quarter net income fell 12 percent, weighed down by higher expenses even as its revenue soared, the social networking company said Monday, just a few weeks ahead of its expected initial public offering in May ...

  35. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  36. Facebook IPO Aiming For May 17 (Report)

    April 19, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Ever since Facebook announced it would be filing for an IPO Feb. 1, speculation has been widespread as to when the company would officially go public. With reports stating the company was aiming for late May coming as far back as January , TechCru ...

  37. Facebook Buys Instagram for $1 Billion

    April 09, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Facebook is spending $1 billion to buy the photo-sharing company Instagram in the social network's largest acquisition ever. Instagram lets people apply filters to photos they snap with their mobile devices and share them with friends and str ...

  38. Samsung, Chevrolet, Foursquare, John Mayer Led SXSWi Social Media Chatter

    March 15, 2012 7:56 AM EDT South by Southwest Interactive conference is over, but a few top brands and companies left a considerable trail of social media chatter in their wake. Samsung, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and Chevrolet were among the brands that got the most soci ...

  39. Backbeat: Secretly Canadian Hosts 6th Annual Label Distribution Summit

    August 26, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Last weekend, Secretly Canadian hosted its 6th annual Label Distribution Summit, inviting representatives from labels distributed by SC -- Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, Sacred Bones and Hometapes among them -- as well as distributors (iTunes, Record St ...

  40. Business Matters: Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells Its Tickets, Too

    August 03, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells its Tickets, Too - Live Nation has backed online rewards company Lockerz . Other investors in the $36 million Series C funding round include DAG Ventures, Liberty Media, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield ...

  41. This Week in Apps: Pitbull's Planet Pit and Roba, Incubus with Viddy, Radical.fm, More

    July 01, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Planet Pit Pitbull is supporting the release of his latest album, "Planet Pit," an iPad app off the same name. Developed by ROBA Interactive, the app provides several hours of behind-the-scenes interviews on the making of every track, re ...

  42. This Week In Apps: Hype Machine Radio, Moby, Numark's iDJ

    May 13, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Hype Machine Radio Music blog aggregator The Hype Machine put out its long-awaited mobile app that pretty much recreates the company's online music streaming experience on their mobile phones. The Hype Machine broadcasts a playlist (or Intern ...