The Social 50 chart welcomes its highest debut ever, as Rebecca Black arrives at No. 9 thanks to the enormous social media buzz she’s generated over the past week.
In short order, her much-maligned “Friday” clip went from over 2 million views on March 14 (already a feat in itself) to over 30 million on Mar. 21. Couple that with over 30,000 new followers to her just-launched official Twitter account over the weekend and you’ve got enough activity to generate her top 10 entry.
As previously reported, her “Friday” single arrived at No. 57 on Digital Songs with 37,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan while it also debuts at No. 72 on the Billboard Hot 100. Black isn’t the first so-called Internet meme to make the charts recently. Less than a year ago, on Aug. 28, 2010, Antoine Dodson hit No. 89 on the Hot 100 with the infamous “Bed Intruder Song” thanks to a remix by the Gregory Brothers.
As for the rest of the top 10, Lady Gaga continues to reign on the list at No. 1, while Nos. 2-5 are also static with Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Eminem and Shakira holding down those slots, respectively. Ludacris jumps 13-6, Akon falls one run to No. 7 and Katy Perry slips 10-7.
Selena Gomez reaches a new chart high, climbing six spots to No. 8. Gomez had a 72% week-over-week gain in YouTube channel subscribers and a 59% jump in views, likely owed to the recent addition of her video for “Who Says.”
One other new entry graces the Social chart this week, as Bring Me the Horizon lands at No. 38.