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  1. One Direction's 'You & I' Video Returns Group to Top 10 on Social 50

    April 24, 2014 6:28 PM EDT After a nine-week absence from the top 10 on the Social 50 chart, One Direction returns to the region, vaulting 14-8 after the debut of their video for "You & I" on April 18. The nine-week vacation from the region was the group' ...

  2. Dealmaker Fred Davis to Launch Boutique Investment Bank Arista Advisors, Clients Include Spotify

    April 07, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Fred Davis is setting up his own boutique investment bank -- Arista Advisors, which opened for business on April 1st and will focus on digital media, music and technology. Davis, whose father Clive is one of the legends of the music business, is a ...

  3. Daft Punk, Pharrell Rise on Billboard's Social 50 Chart Post-Grammys

    February 06, 2014 7:43 PM EST It’s all about Daft Punk on the Social 50 this week. The French electronic duo and collaborator Pharrell scale the Social 50 thanks to their wins and performance at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouT ...

  4. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  5. Jean Michel Jarre Calls for ‘Fair Share for Creators’ at Midem

    February 04, 2014 2:41 PM EST French composer and electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre used his Midem keynote speech to call for a closer relationship between the music industry and tech giants such as Google to create a fairer share for artists and content creators.  Sp ...

  6. How Shakira and Rihanna's Social Networks Reacted to Single Rollout: Social 50

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Even though Rihanna is the featured act on Shakira’s new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," the former’s online fan base reacted much stronger to the tune’s announcement, as measured by Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Soc ...

  7. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ...

  8. 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: � ...

  9. La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho Storms Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2013 5:05 PM EST La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho, an iconic regional Mexican band, debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week at No. 20 due to a spike in online activity centered around three high-profile concert dates. The Social 50 ranks ...

  10. Lorde Leaps Up Social 50 Chart

    November 14, 2013 7:53 PM EST Lorde reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart (rising 20-11) after her debut album, "Pure Heroine," was released in Europe on Oct. 28. (The set’s European bow came a month after its U.S. release on Sept. 30.)   The Social 50 ranks th ...

  11. 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, ...

  12. Kelly Clarkson's Wedding, 'Wrapped in Red' Album Spur Social 50 Chart Gain

    October 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Getting married can do wonders for your social life. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot on Oct. 20 and, in turn, hits a new high on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  13. Latin Stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Two Latin stars make their respective debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week: Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Ins ...

  14. Myspace Launches 'Portfolio' Artist Feature With Portugal. The Man, Amadéus, Ace Da God (Watch)

    October 17, 2013 1:07 AM EDT Myspace has its first major product update for artists and creators, since its official relaunch this June. Called Portfolio, the new feature will allow users to promote 10 to 31 items of their original work, be it a photo, a video, an animated ...

  15. Lorde's 'Royal' Reign Spurs Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 03, 2013 7:40 PM EDT In the same week Lorde rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash single "Royals," she also debuts on the Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wiki ...

  16. Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart

    September 26, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Bob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into th ...

  17. Morning Fix: Britney's 2-Year Vegas Residency; M.I.A.'s Bird Flip vs. NFL; Skrillex, Warren Haynes to Hit Billboard Touring Conf.; Univision Mulling IPO

    September 20, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BRITNEY SPEARS' 2-YEAR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY: FULL DETAILS (Q&A) Beginning in December, Las Vegas will be the only place on earth where you’ll be able to see Britney Spears perform over the ...

  18. Miley Cyrus Hits No. 1 on Social 50 Chart in Wake of 'Wrecking Ball' Video Debut

    September 19, 2013 5:59 PM EDT This week on the Social 50 chart, Miley Cyrus hits No. 1 for the first time while Linkin Park returns thanks to a 3D game. Cyrus becomes the 16th artist to reach the No. 1 spot on the young chart, thanks to the debut of her “Wrecking Ball” music ...

  19. Exclusive: 'Spotify Landmark' Original Content Series Launches With Nirvana's 'In Utero' (Listen)

    September 18, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Spotify has launched its own original content series and dedicated website called Spotify Landmark, a multi-media documentary series focusing on classic moments in music history. The premiere episode (embed below), entitled “The Real Story of ...

  20. Live Nation Preps Ford-Sponsored Web Series 'Rider Challenge' With Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fitz & The Tantrums, More

    September 16, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Live Nation is entering the original webisodic content arena with "The Rider Challenge," a Ford Fiesta-sponsored digital series that premieres Sept. 30 on LiveNation.com. The series will chronicle fans of The Lumineers, Kid Cudi, Fall ...

  21. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Myspace Launches ‘Music Video Collaborations With Artists We Like’ Program, Premieres with TV on the Radio, Federal Prism (Exclusive)

    August 27, 2013 11:43 AM EDT In a bid to cut through the noise of an altered internet landscape, and resuscitate its reputation as an ally for artists, the new Myspace has launched a program to produce original music videos. The program, dubbed “Music Video Collaborations W ...

  24. Bud Light's 50 Concerts In 50 States Initiative - Did It Work? (Exclusive)

    August 23, 2013 2:01 PM EDT This story first appeared in the new Billboard Pick-up this issue here ; get your subscription here .   For its first attempt to host 50 concerts in all 50 states on the same day, Bud Light had modest goals for the audience it wanted to reach as ...

  25. Beyonce's Short Haircut Yields Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 15, 2013 8:31 PM EDT After a three-week hiatus from the Social 50’s top 10, Beyonce bounds 26-6 all thanks to a simple haircut.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The char ...

  26. One Direction Returns to No. 1 on Social 50; Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande Hit Top 10

    August 02, 2013 12:30 PM EDT One Direction reaches the No. 1 spot for the fourth time on the Social 50 chart,  thanks to excitement generated by the debut of the group's "Best Song Ever." The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Justin Bieber Bumps One Direction From No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    July 03, 2013 8:32 PM EDT Despite One Direction's full week full of activity, the act is unable to stay atop the Social 50 for a second week in a row. They slide in the rankings (1-6), allowing Justin Bieber to rise (2-1) to reclaim the Social 50 throne. The Socia ...

  31. Myspace Maintains First-Week Momentum

    June 27, 2013 2:08 PM EDT The revamped Myspace attracted 31 million visitors and 995,000 app downloads in the first 14 days after its June 12th relaunch , suggesting the service was able to maintain the level of consumer interest during the week after relaunch. In that f ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Backbeat: Miley Cyrus, Pharrell, Robin Thicke, Rock L.A. Myspace Relaunch Party; Tim Vanderhook ‘Blown Away’ By Support

    June 14, 2013 2:34 PM EDT If the caliber of performers and attendees at Wednesday night's star-studded Myspace relaunch celebration at L.A.'s El Rey Theater was any indication of the future social-music platform's success, it should have no problem. Here, ...

  34. Selena Gomez and Mariah Carey Jump Up Social 50 Chart

    June 14, 2013 10:12 AM EDT After Selena Gomez's position on Billboard's Social 50 took a dip due to a brief week of inactivity, she once again ascends the tally (up 34-24) on the back of the newly-released track, "Slow Down," from her forthcoming debut ...

  35. Business Matters: Relaunched Myspace Faces Uphill Challenge

    June 12, 2013 7:29 PM EDT Myspace, part music service and part social network, has exited beta and is ready to welcome a larger audience. The company is coming out swinging: it has two promotional videos -- one for digital, one for TV -- and a $20 million advertising ca ...

  36. New Myspace Officially Launches, Moves Out of Beta, Adds Mobile App

    June 12, 2013 2:42 PM EDT The new Myspace officially launched today as its rebuilt platform moves out of beta and adds a new mobile app. Starting today, the new Myspace is officially available at www.myspace.com. Profiles from the classic Myspace have been upgraded to th ...

  37. Tyga, Bruno Mars Make Strides on Social 50 Chart

    June 06, 2013 7:50 PM EDT Tyga makes a six-position jump on Billboard's Social 50 chart, moving to No. 27 after re-entering the chart at No. 33 last week following the release of a new video for his single “For the Road” (featuring Chris Brown) on May 24. The Social ...

  38. The Doors and Ray Manzarek Debut on Social 50 Chart

    May 31, 2013 9:54 PM EDT The Doors and its founding member Ray Manzarek enter the Social 50 chart this week following the keyboardist’s death on May 20. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and ...

  39. Backbeat: FlashFWD's Fourth Annual Awards Ceremony Honors Questlove, Remembers Recently Departed

    May 28, 2013 12:20 PM EDT Last Wednesday night (May 22), SoundCTRL’s fourth annual FlashFWD awards brought music and tech entrepreneurs alike together under the roof of New York City’s Gramercy Theatre to honor their contributions to the music industry. Artist Robert DeL ...

  40. Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne Return to Top 10 on Social 50 Chart

    May 16, 2013 7:17 PM EDT Two artists make 10-position jumps straight into the top 10 on the Social 50 this week, as both Demi Lovato and Avril Lavigne return to the region. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wik ...

  41. Selena Gomez and PSY Rebound on Social 50 Chart

    May 09, 2013 6:40 PM EDT The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist pageviews, song play ...

  42. 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 rank ...

  43. Exclusive: Bud Light Teams With Live Nation, MySpace, Universal For 50 Concerts in 50 States

    May 01, 2013 12:00 AM EDT Bud Light is prepping 50 concerts in all 50 States on the same day (Aug. 1) for an event dubbed 50/50/1 that will kick off a new marketing platform, Bud Light Music First. The events will be created in partnership with Live Nation, Myspace and U ...

  44. ASCAP Expo: Music Supervision in the Digital Age

    April 19, 2013 3:02 PM EDT Take advantage of YouTube, Soundcloud and blogs. That’s been the recurring theme all week at the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood and Friday morning’s “Music Supervision in the Digital Age” panel was no exception, with a few more specifics on offer, to ...

  45. Backbeat: Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello Kicks Off Brand Partnerships, Solo Career During Ultra

    March 23, 2013 3:48 PM EDT Just a few blocks from Ultra Music Festival, where his band Swedish House Mafia will play off into the sunset tomorrow, Steve Angello kicked off his new brand partnerships -- and, unofficially, his solo career -- at the unlikely location of the ...

  46. Justin Timberlake Manager Johnny Wright on Secret Plans Around ‘20/20 Experience,’ Touring, Myspace, More

    March 19, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake has a rare ability to seem to be everywhere without actually being in that many places. In a way, the marketing around his new album,  The 20/20 Experience – out on RCA today – has taken a note from the way he managed to keep ...

  47. Justin Timberlake Wows at SXSW Myspace Show

    March 17, 2013 1:17 PM EDT After wowing the nation through an early stream of his upcoming album,  The 20/20 Experience , and several televised performances, it's safe to say that Justin Timberlake doesn't have anything to prove. But at last night's SXSW ...

  48. SXSW Backbeat: SPIN and Solange at Stubb's, Earl Sweatshirt at Green Label Sound's Barbecue

    March 16, 2013 1:34 PM EDT After the headlining act at MySpace's Saturday showcase was revealed to be Justin Timberlake , the next surprise guest to be unveiled would join the Afghan Whigs at FADER Fort on Friday night. Like most secrets this one wasn't kept lo ...

  49. Backbeat: Kid Cudi, Diplo, Hit-Boy Rock Myspace's Secret SXSW Show

    March 15, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Myspace kicked off their three-day Secret Shows series, presented by Chevy , with a hip-hop heavy showcase featuring Hit-Boy, Kid Cudi and Diplo. Although Kid Cudi, who is performing nowhere else at SXSW besides Myspace, announced his performanc ...

  50. Myspace’s 
Indie Dilemma

    January 27, 2013 10:45 AM EST Indie labels pull songs from social site days after launch due to expired rights. This article is from the February 2, 2013 edition of Billboard, featuring the only major interview Justin Bieber has granted for the Jan. 29 release of his new album ...

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