R. Kelly reaches the Social 50 for the first time in five years.
In the wake of the Lifetime's documentary Surviving R. Kelly, the singer returns to Billboard’s Social 50 chart for the first time in five years, while the late Aaliyah makes her debut on the tally dated Jan. 19.
The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart’s latest tracking week ended Jan. 10.
R. Kelly returns to the Social 50 at No. 11 on the strength of 290,000 hits to his Wikipedia page, according to Next Big Sound, a 2,132 percent increase over the previous week. In addition, he was mentioned 85,000 times on Twitter, 83,000 more times than the preceding frame.