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Chris Cornell Tribute Helps Guns N’ Roses to No. 1 on Top Facebook Live Videos Chart

The rockers performed "Black Hole Sun" in honor of Cornell in Ireland May 27, posting a portion of the performance to Facebook Live.

Guns N’ Roses land atop the May 2017 edition of Billboard’s Top Facebook Live Videos chart, just three months after taking Nos. 2, 3 and 10 on the February ranking.

The chart, whose latest edition recaps April activity, is a monthly look at the widest-reaching and most-reacted-to videos posted by musicians on Facebook Live, as tracked by media analytics company Shareablee. Rankings are determined by a formula that blends reactions, comments, shares and first-seven-days views.

The rockers’ chart-topping video, posted May 27, honors Chris Cornell, who died in Detroit nine days earlier. In the roughly two-and-a-half-minute clip, the band performs Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” in Slane, Ireland, writing in its caption, “This one’s for you Chris.”


The video was the most-reacted-to video by a musician on Facebook in May, racking up 162,000 reactions, according to Shareablee. It was also the most shared (39,000) and most viewed in its first seven days (3.3 million). Much of those numbers owed to the fact that video of the performance made the rounds on multiple news websites, including Billboard.

Meanwhile, Blake Shelton, who led the April 2017 Top Facebook Live Videos ranking, slots in at No. 2 for May. On May 11, Shelton — a coach on NBC’s The Voice — revealed in his video that Kelly Clarkson will join the coaching panel on the 14th season of the series (airing next spring). “We’ve actually been trying to work this out for a long time,” Shelton said. “It’s finally all come together.”

Shelton ended up Facetiming Clarkson on the video (after some technical difficulties). “I’ve been excited about this for a few years now,” Clarkson said once she appeared. “The timing hasn’t been right.”

The post earned Shelton 108,000 reactions in May, as well as 55,000 comments — the most of anyone among musicians that month. It was viewed 2.4 million times in its first seven days.


See the full top 10, featuring videos from Demi Lovato, Linkin Park and more, below.

10. Slash

9. Aerosmith

8. David Guetta

7. David Guetta

6. Linkin Park

5. Linkin Park

4. Demi Lovato

3. Metallica

2. Blake Shelton

1. Guns N’ Roses