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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Legitmix Founder Omid McDonald Explains His Plan to Make Sample-Based Music Perfectly Legal, Equitable (Q&A)

    May 28, 2013 10:44 AM EDT In October 2011, New York rapper El-P released a track titled "Rush Over Bklyn" – a remix of his own song, "Drones Over Bklyn" – freshened up with a giant sample from Rush’s "Tom Sawyer," long a hip-hop DJ favorite ...

  12. Freemium: Making Money by Giving Away the Goods (Research)

    May 21, 2013 6:36 PM EDT For years, music has operated on selling things -- vinyl, cassettes, CDs and now downloads. Then came advertising on radio and elsewhere. But there’s a third way -- freemium, a combination of free and premium offerings. Examples of this in music ...

  13. SoundCloud to Open New York Office

    May 13, 2013 1:18 PM EDT SoundCloud will open a New York office in the coming months and has hired a former Pandora employee to help build its presence in the city. Dan Gerber, formerly the National Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pandora, will help be SoundCloud& ...

  14. 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 ...

  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. Guy Oseary and Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Receives $100 Million Valuation

    May 01, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Guy Oseary’s A-GRade, a fund he launched in partnership with Ashton Kutcher and billionaire Ron Burkle in 2010, announced a $100 million valuation at Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY conference on Wednesday. In a panel discussion with Techcrunch founder ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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. ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Scooter Braun and Guy Oseary: ‘My First South By Southwest’

    March 11, 2013 2:23 PM EDT They’ve made their names managing two of pop’s biggest stars -- Madonna and Justin Bieber, respectively -- but Guy Oseary and Scooter Braun have spent the better of the last 18 months extending their attention and investment portfolios to tech a ...

  23. What the Music Business Can Learn From the Gaming and Gambling Industries

    February 04, 2013 10:22 AM EST Hany Nada is founding partner of GGV Capital, a global, expansion–stage venture firm based in Silicon Valley and Shanghai with $1.6B under management. Billboard.biz welcomes responsible content – contact jem.aswad@billboard.com with ideas. Wh ...

  24. Shakira's Baby News Spurs Fan Growth, Rises to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    February 01, 2013 6:35 PM EST On Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, Shakira jumps to No. 1 for the first time, following the birth of her son Milan on Jan. 22. She displaces Justin Bieber, who falls to the No. 2 spot. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artis ...

  25. Backbeat: The Orchard Rocks Villa Party At MIDEM

    January 27, 2013 8:11 AM EST In what has become a MIDEM tradition, The Orchard held its annual reception at the Villa D’Estelle in Cannes Saturday night to officially kick off three nights of festivities. This year’s party was perhaps the most packed yet, with music label, p ...

  26. 13 Points to Watch at MIDEM 2013

    January 24, 2013 5:47 PM EST As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. This year's ...

  27. BandPage Builds Out 'Pipes' to Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook

    January 23, 2013 5:39 PM EST BandPage on Wednesday announced that its half a million users can update some of their information simultaneously on Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook -- putting in place key pieces of its ambition to give musicians a central location wher ...

  28. One Direction Battles Justin Bieber for VEVO Record, Social 50 Chart Supremacy

    January 20, 2013 3:52 PM EST The Social 50 chart 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, son ...

  29. Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit

    January 16, 2013 6:07 PM EST The Innovation Forum , a summit composed of entertainment and business leaders from the U.S. and U.K. co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy wee ...

  30. 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, ...

  31. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  32. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  33. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  34. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  35. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Biggest Issue Facing the Music Business Is ... ?

    December 21, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. In the last of three questions we asked the industry "What will the mo ...

  36. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  37. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  41. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  42. How We Charted The Year

    December 13, 2012 10:38 PM EST How Billboard recaps new social charts and much more As our numerous year-end charts reflect, 2012 was an exciting and unpredictable year for the music industry. While each of Billboard¹s editors and readers may have certain moments, artists, song ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Billboard's FutureSound White Paper: Why Discovery, Data and Licensing Are Key to the New Music Business

    November 26, 2012 12:00 PM EST The white paper below is taken from the latest edition of Billboard magazine which includes a cover story on T.I., UK chanteuse Paloma Faith's plan to break through in the U.S., Soundcloud's radio partnerships and the "Twilight Brea ...

  47. Beatport Mixes It Up - And There's More To Come

    November 19, 2012 12:41 PM EST As electronic dance music, or EDM, has exploded in popularity, dance music download site Beatport has transformed into a commercial and community hub far beyond its origins as a place that sold high-quality dance MP3s to DJs. Beatport's gro ...

  48. Deadmau5 @FutureSound: EDM's Rise, 'Self-Fulfilling Hype' and the Branding Power of the Mouse Head

    November 17, 2012 11:37 AM EST Deadmau5 (left, sans mouse head) with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the FutureSound conference in San Francisco (Photo: Arnold Turner) SAN FRANCISCO--Deadmau5 says EDM is not an acronym for electronic dance music. It's for " ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Justin Timberlake, Tim and Chris Vanderhook Detail MySpace's New Music-Centric Design

    November 16, 2012 5:55 AM EST If the MySpace of yore was about empowering users to make new friends and collect them in a Top 8 column, then the new MySpace under Specific Media and Justin Timberlake wants to make musicians those users and fans those friends in the Top 8. Spea ...

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