With the popularity of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and iLike.com, it was only a matter of time before someone would use the social media sites to rank an artist’s importance. Billboard did just that, recently releasing their inaugural Social 50 Chart, which lists the most active artists online.
Rihanna and Justin Bieber topped this first chart at No. 1 and No. 2, while Eminem—who just nabbed 10 Grammy nominations—picked up the No. 3 spot. Other hip-hop artists to appear in the top 10 include Young Money Princess Nicki Minaj at No. 5, Lil Wayne at No. 8 and Kanye West at No. 9.
“We continue to adapt the way we chart the changing landscape of music,” Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde explained in a statement. “The Social 50 is yet another step in the evolution of Billboard and an important response to our changing times.”
The new chart uses information garnered from Next Big Sound, a social music tracking service that takes into account an artists friends, fans and followers on all the leading social networking sites, according to Yahoo News.
“The volume of online activity that top artists now receive is too big to ignore,” Next Big Sound CEO, Alex White said. “We are thrilled that social music activity now receives the same emphasis as the music charts for which Billboard is synonymous.”
Billboard will release The Social 50 Chart on a weekly basis from now on.
Monica’s fans will be in for a treat in the future. The singer revealed to Rap-Up that she was hoping to release a song for the Holidays this year, but didn’t meet the time constraints. She went on to say, she would love to record a whole Christmas album, and is considering the planning for one, after she finishes her next album.
The R&B songstress was planning to record a Christmas song this year, but timing became an issue. “We were working on it and we found out that we did it too late for iTunes, and for that reason it didn’t work,” she tells Rap-Up.com.
But she has a bigger gift in store for her fans. “Maybe after the next album, I’ll do a full Christmas album,” she says. “I’m looking forward to something like that, something that’s kinda mixed with a little bit of Christian inspirational things with some of the older songs that we all know.”
In order to make a fall release, she would have to begin recording in the summer. “I’ll have to start about five months out. It’ll be ‘Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire’ in May or June,” she laughs.
Monica is currently in the studio with Polow Da Don working on the follow-up to this year’s Still Standing.
Here is an early release of the brand new video for Lloyd’s 2nd single “Let’s Get It In” featuring 50 Cent. It was directed by Colin Tinney, who also did the incredible Chris Brown “3x” video. Check it out!
Flo-Rida is freshly back from his Australian tour. And before he made his way back home to celebrate his album release at Mansion tomorrow night, Flo hit up the red carpet of his Los Angeles album release party in Hollywood with now-confirmed model girlfriend Eva Marcille (of America’s Next Top Model fame). Flo got up with Russel Simmons’ GlobalGrind to talk about the new relationship…
“I’ve always been a fan of her doing her modeling thing. She’s a beautiful individual. Meeting her I realized she had a beautiful heart. Initially it was seeing her out and about while I was working and she was working. So we got each others’ contact, I pursued and we kept talking to each other. Right now we are talking and I’m definitely feeling her and vice versa.”