Justin Bieber blocks One Direction from making a return trip to No. 1 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart, as he keeps the British/Irish group at bay at No. 2 for a third straight week.
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, song plays and reactions. Watch The Video!
Video hosting site Vevo has created a new seal of approval to reward music artists whose videos cross the 100 million views milestone and will kick off the program with YouTube star Justin Bieber. Vevo expects its new Certified program, unveiled on Wednesday with plans to launch on June 12, will become a popular measure of success like a Billboard chart position or the Recording Industry Association of Americas designations of silver, gold or platinum record sales. Currently only 32 music makers, led by Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Lady Gaga, have been certified as passing the 100 million view milestone, Vevo said. The certification tracks video view counts across digital platforms including YouTube, mobile and tablet devices and sites including Facebook, AOL and Yahoo! Music. ‘Its a very notable achievement of success and dedication from the fans … people are moving away from buying music and accessing it online, and we wanted to recognize the people connecting to music online,’ Fred Santarpia, general manager of Vevo, told Reuters. Vevo will incorporate a small badge next to videos that hit the milestone, and a selected artist will be given a two-week spotlight on the site, featuring exclusive content for fans. Interviews with artists, behind-the-scenes footage of making videos and an opportunity for fans to meet their idols and present them Vevo certificates in person, with video posted online, are examples of some of the exclusive features. ‘The content is a thank you to the fans … Vevo has done a great job of providing inside access into the world of the artist, bringing fans in touch with their idol, and this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans,’ said Santarpia. The Certified program will kick off with Bieber, who rose to fame through YouTube after videos of him singing as a child were posted on the site and spotted by a music agent when he was in his early teens. Now 18, Bieber commands a loyal online following with 22 million Twitter Beliebers and 43 million Facebook fans. He has amassed more than 2.5 billion views on his Vevo channel, led by his single ‘Baby,’ which has 745 million hits alone. ‘To have eight Vevo Certified videos means the world … I always say the Internet is where I got my start. I posted videos and now to have it come full circle – and now Im getting CERTIFIED – its amazing,’ Bieber said in a statement. Singers Perry, LMFAO and Selena Gomez will be Certified throughout June and July, with all exclusive content viewable on vevo.com/certified and across Vevo digital platforms.
Last night: Pop star Justin Bieber and his broken foot (he fell onstage at Wembley Arena a couple of weeks ago) hobbled into the New York launch party last night for Vevo, a new music video site. …
And Danny Cahill, 40, took home the $250,000 prize on last night’s Biggest Loser finale. He lost 55% of his body weight – 239 lbs – a new show record. …
In other news: ABC may have allowed The View to invite Adam Lambert on, but he won’t be live on tomorrow’s show. Sherri Shepherd tweeted a few minutes ago that Adam Lambert was “pre-taped.” She said, “He’s a really nice guy. We talked b4 he went on. I respect him & he respected my views. Plus loved that eyeliner.”
Elsewhere: Bruce Springsteen is backing gay marriage in New Jersey. … MTV’s Jersey Shore, following a group of self-described “guidos” is drawing protests from Italian-Americans. … Johnny Depp is promoting his movie Public Enemies in Japan but couldn’t say how it is because he hasn’t seen it. … Prison Break actor Lane Garrison, out of jail after serving 18 months in jail for vehicular manslaughter, is writing a screenplay about troubled teens and the redemptive power of football. … Sex and the City’s Kristen Davis seems to be enjoying a Caribbean holiday with her boyfriend, photographer James Russell.