The inevitable shift to measuring the popularity of music through social networking sites has begun in earnest. Billboard has announced the arrival of its Socal 50 chart, which logs stats like unique pageviews, number of fans, and streams of songs on sites including Facebook, YouTube, iLike, MySpace, and Twitter.
The first edition of the chart is available now, and Rihanna has topped the list after turning into some kind of social networking demi-goddess, no doubt aided by her two current entries in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 with “What’s My Name” and “Only Girl (In the World).”
It’s fairly predictable fare for the most part—Justin Bieber, Eminem, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj all hold strong positions, and Linkin Park is the token rock band in the top 10. A ratio that measures pageviews against number of fans is one of the tools used to figure out the outcome of the Social 50, and Bieber apparently came out on top there, while Rihanna won in the “adding fans” category. It all sounds pretty confusing, and is surely open to corruption, but head over here to check out the full rundown.
[via Rolling Stone]