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  1. 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 ...

  2. Prince Enters the Twittersphere, Launches 3rd Eye Girl Video

    August 13, 2013 11:36 PM EDT The Purple One has come to Twitter. Prince, who once called the Internet "completely over," posted several tweets on Tuesday through the account of his current group, 3rd Eye Girl. The tweets, poking fun at his online aversion, include ...

  3. 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 ...

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

    July 30, 2013 2:42 PM EDT 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,” release ...

  5. Muzik, Maker of Smart Headphones, Launches Today (Exclusive)

    July 29, 2013 8:00 AM EDT There are smartphones, and there are headphones  -- you can even plug one into the other -- but today sees the launch of Muzik, a company that has created what it calls the world's "first socially connected smart headphones" whi ...

  6. Virgin Mobile FreeFest Announce Line-Up with Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Robin Thicke

    July 29, 2013 5:08 AM EDT Vampire Weekend, MGMT and Robin Thicke are among the big names confirmed to perform at the Sept. 21 Virgin Mobile FreeFest, the telecoms group’s charitable initiative focused on ending youth homelessness. Other artists confirmed to the multi-sta ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Spotify Reacts to Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke

    July 15, 2013 12:54 PM EDT Spotify is spending Monday reacting to comments by producer Nigel Godrich that criticize the subscription service's business model. Godrich's statements have received attention throughout the music press, the British press and the Wal ...

  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. Jay-Z's Surprise Twitter Q&A Elicits 1.5 Million Mentions, Unreleased Single via Young Guru

    July 09, 2013 11:17 AM EDT = Jay-Z is hardly the artist known for his stunts on Twitter (he only tweeted four times in 2012), but on July 8 took the Internet for a ride with a surprise Q&A, answering questions from fans and driving overall awareness for his then soon ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. First Official 2014 World Cup Song Released by Coca-Cola in Brazil

    June 25, 2013 7:44 PM EDT Less than a week before demonstrators in the streets of Brazil began protesting the high costs of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, among other grievances, Coca-Cola sent a more positive message about the international event out to Brazilian socc ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Kim Dotcom on European Servers Deleting Megaupload Info: 'Largest Data Massacre in the History of the Internet'

    June 20, 2013 10:28 AM EDT Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom said Thursday he was "in tears" after a European company deleted all the data it was hosting from his shuttered file-sharing site. Netherlands-based LeaseWeb announced it had deleted all Megaupload files f ...

  17. Rihanna Surpasses Justin Bieber as Most Viewed Artist on YouTube

    June 18, 2013 12:26 PM EDT Some time early Tuesday morning (6/18), Rihanna passed Justin Bieber as the most viewed artist on YouTube. The 77 videos on Rihanna’s official VEVO channel now have a combined 3.784 billion views in total, surpassing the total view counts of the ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Chirpify Adds Credit Card Payments

    June 11, 2013 10:43 AM EDT In a move that will save sellers money and encourage use of its platform, social commerce startup Chirpify now allows sellers to accept credit cards and send and accept automated clearing house (ACH) payments. The company had until Tuesday used ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Facebook, Twitter Execs Talk Music Apps at SF MusicTech Summit 2013

    May 28, 2013 9:22 PM EDT Facebook Strategic Partnerships manager Ime Archibong handed out social networking tips for musicians and music companies, while Twitter #Music's Stephen Phillips pleaded for patience from the industry at the opening of the SF Musictech Su ...

  23. Twitter Hiring Head of Music Partnerships

    May 28, 2013 3:59 PM EDT Help Wanted: Seasoned executive who can build bridges between Silicon Valley microblogging platform Twitter and movers and shakers of the music industry. In a continued effort to woo artists and their fans, Twitter has posted an opening for Head ...

  24. Twitter Adds Security Measure to Logins

    May 23, 2013 1:39 PM EDT Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twit ...

  25. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 2:34 PM EDT Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez -- tack the number symbol all too familiar to Twitter and social media users to the beginnings of their songs. ...

  26. 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, W ...

  27. MTV's O Music Awards Announces Nominees, Set for June 19

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT MTV and Viacom today announced the nominees for the fourth iteration of its O Music Awards, which include Frank Ocean, PSY, Baauer, Bon Iver, internet meme Lil B, and more. The O Music Awards are digitally focused and targeted towards millennial ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Spotify Acquires Music Discovery Service Tunigo

    May 03, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Spotify has acquired music recommendation service Tunigo for an undisclosed sum. The Swedish startup helps listeners find playlists, provides music news and editorial, and offers lists of new releases. The Tunigo app for Spotify has been a Top ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Selena Gomez Gets Big Gain on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    April 25, 2013 9:54 PM EDT Selena Gomez flies 22-5 on the Social 50 chart this week, earning the singer/actress her highest rank (No. 5) since Nov. 24, 2012. The chart surge is owed in part to a performance of the track on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" (Ap ...

  33. Fuse Teams With Trident, Twitter for 'Trending 10' Countdown Series

    April 24, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Fuse, Trident and Twitter are teaming up for a new nightly countdown series, “Trending 10,” that will be the first television show to be built around real-time Twitter conversation spikes. The show’s 10 nightly stories will be compiled from Fuse ...

  34. Will.i.am Says He Accidentally Stole a Song

    April 23, 2013 5:06 PM EDT Will.i.am admitted confusion today over whether he ever had the rights to use the backing track on his new song "Let's Go," featuring Chris Brown. Russian producer and DJ Arty had accused the Black Eyed Pea of stealing his song, ...

  35. A Look at Twitter #Music's First 24 Hours

    April 20, 2013 12:55 PM EDT Data centered around the launch of #Music, recorded by web data and analytics provider Attensity Media , provides some insight into the app's update and usage across the social web after its first 24 hours. Tracking shows that Internet rad ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Twitter #Music, Hands-On: The Good and the Bad

    April 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Twitter music was already a concept long before it was an application, so it comes as little surprise that Twitter’s new #music app is built top to bottom around how users already interact with music on Twitter.  #Music arrives with the potent ...

  38. Business Matters: Twitter #Music Has Potential -- But It’s Limited

    April 18, 2013 6:33 PM EDT The Twitter #Music service launched to the public Thursday is a smart tactical move and a decent music discovery tool. But unless efforts are made to widen its potential reach, Twitter #music will play a small role for the social media company ...

  39. Updated: Twitter #Music App Launches

    April 18, 2013 8:21 AM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which released its music application to a handful of celebrities last week, announced today on "Good Morning America" and via a blog post that the rest of the world can now pile in. ...

  40. Updated: Twitter Music App 'Invite-Only,' For Now

    April 12, 2013 12:48 PM EDT Twitter has indeed launched music.twitter.com , but for the time being it's "invite-only." According to AllThingsD , it will initially only be available to a select handful of “influencers” before its launch next week. At press ...

  41. Updated: Twitter Acquires Music Service We Are Hunted, Launching Music App

    April 12, 2013 12:00 AM EDT UPDATE April 11 11:53 a.m.: Friday morning Twitter launched music.twitter.com, which as of right now is only a simple sign in page that displays the popular #music hashtag. Signing in prompts the user to authorize “Trending Music Web,” which acc ...

  42. Taylor Swift's Fan Date to ACMs Aids Social Chart Climb

    April 11, 2013 6:44 PM EDT Taylor Swift ascends 5-1 on the Social 50 to helm the chart (her second time a No. 1) concurrent with buzz generated by the Academy of Country Music Awards (April 7). Despite not taking home any trophies, including the fan-voted Entertainer of ...

  43. Why We Took the Piracy Debate to a Times Square Billboard: Guest Column by Ghost Beach

    April 02, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The New York-based “tropical grit pop” duo Ghost Beach was recently selected as the latest band to have its music featured in an online commercial for American Eagle Outfitters -- and that deal brought the group the opportunity to also be featur ...

  44. Twitter App to Integrate Vevo: Report

    March 29, 2013 11:57 PM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which is reportedly building a music application, has a deal to integrate Vevo videos into the application, according to Peter Kafka at AllThingsD . The micro-blogging site dubbed is working on ...

  45. Business Matters: Spotify, Deezer Inactive Accounts Are Just Part of Doing Business

    March 28, 2013 2:57 PM EDT When you hand out free accounts to a digital service -- especially in the age of Facebook Connect -- you're likely to find most people just aren't that into you. That's what Spotify and Deezer have found, notes music industry ana ...

  46. Subscription-Music Wars: The Greatest Trick the Majors Have Ever Pulled Off: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    March 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk , an open-source music platform that -- among other things -- creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. He talks endlessly on Twitter about ...

  47. The Conan Bump: Quantifying Late Night Talk Show Sales & Social Numbers

    March 18, 2013 3:41 PM EDT This article originally appeared in the March 23rd issue of Billboard Magazine -- subscribe right here ! On the heels of his ratings-topping appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Justin Timberlake chose to extend his run on the late-night T ...

  48. Troy Carter Talks 'Generation Flux' With Fast Company At SXSW Panel

    March 10, 2013 7:54 PM EDT From left: Padma Warrior, CSO & CTO of Cisco; Troy Carter, CEO of Atom Factory; and Robert Safian, editor of Fast Company, discuss Generation Flux at SXSW Interactive (Photo: Andrew Hampp)   First Douglas Coupland’s 1991 novel popularized th ...

  49. The GIF-t Of Video: How Simple Moving Images Are Driving Fan Engagement

    March 06, 2013 6:18 PM EST If a One Direction picture is worth a thousand words, a three-second looped animated GIF of the pop band is probably worth millions of fan shares. On Jan. 7, One Direction released the video for "Kiss You," the third single from the ...

  50. Video: Amanda Palmer’s TED Talk: ‘How Do We Let People Pay for Music?’

    March 01, 2013 6:22 PM EST   Amanda Palmer’s pioneering efforts in the field of crowd-funding have been covered at great length in these pages, most recently in an excellent two-part interview with Glenn Peoples earlier this year, not to mention a widely read intervie ...

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