Are you familiar with Billboard magazine’s Social 50 chart? If not, here’s an explanation of what it tracks:
A ranking of the most active artists on the
world’s leading social networking sites. Artists’ popularity is determined by a formula blending their weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and weekly song plays, as measured by Next Big Sound.
Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry are currently 1-2-3. But, as per a report by the magazine’s social/streaming charts manager William Gruger, there’s also some noteworthy activity down below:
Bob Marley, who has the second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (behind Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37 to 8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into the top 10.
He can do anything Jimmy Fallon devises; he dates/marries beautiful women; he’s an amazing live performer. And, according to TMZ, Justin Timberlake is also never too busy to take a moment to connect with a deserving fan.
The gossip site has a logo slapped across a pair of photos its roaming camera totter took yesterday while tailing JT on a post-VMAs media tour. Only there’s nothing scandalous about these pics:
JT was being rushed through an NYC building on his way into a live radio interview Tuesday, when he crossed paths with Tina DiLascio – who told Justin her daughter Giana is a “Make-a-Wish” kid who underwent brain surgery last year to fix a serious blockage in her pituitary gland.
Justin was so impressed – he stopped in his tracks and asked if he could meet Giana, who was waiting outside the building with her brother. We’re told JT waited patiently as Tina grabbed Giana…
Friends with Benefits, a movie that will undoubtedly garner heavy praise from critics, puts GQ on the big screen in a big way. According to Adweek, Justin Timberlake’s character is an art director for the magazine, which is prominently featured in the movie.
The idea to include GQ was Timberlake’s, and for that, he even got a tour of its offices:
Once the publication agreed, Gluck [the movie's director] was able to tour the magazine’s real offices and chat with editors to get an authentic pulse. ‘We built the entire set of GQ based on their building,’ he says. Associate publisher Marcy Bloom even introduced him to Si Newhouse in the Condé Nast cafeteria.
Two takeaways from all of this: 1) Si Newhouse eats in the cafeteria! and 2) No matter how bad this movie is, at least Timberlake isn’t making music anymore.
Starting on March 1 Julia Allison will publish a weekly social media and web focused column through Tribune Media Services for newspapers and electronic platforms. Allison’s “Social Studies” feature will discuss the ins and outs of widely used programs including Facebook, Twiter, Myspace, and LinkedIn and devices like iPads and smartphones. Allison’s name carries a great deal of weight in the digital media world as she appeared on the cover of the August 2008 edition of Wired and has written for amNew York, Time Out New York, Newsweek, New York magazine, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. She also was a key member of Sony VAIO’s ad campaign, working alongside Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning.
Allison said she looks forward to furthering her role as a leading voice in social media.
I fell in love with social media when I taught myself HTML and created my own Web site as a freshman in college. There isn’t a single area in our lives — socially, politically, economically — that hasn’t been touched by the digital revolution. I’ve seen both the highs and lows, and spoken publicly about my experiences at companies, universities, and conferences around the world. As a columnist, I’m now interested in helping readers make sense of this “brave new digital domain.”
New York media personality, blogger and entrepreneur Julia Allison has a new gig: corporate spokesperson.
Gawkerreports that Allison has signed a year-long deal to make commercials for Sony.
According to Sony, Allison’s involvement is part of a new integrated marketing campaign that is similar to last year’s HDNA campaign. The concept involves a “panel” of celebrities who serve as brand ambassadors. Other celebs involved in this year’s campaign include Justin Timberlake, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (who was in last year’s commercials, see above), ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, “America’s Next Top Model” judge Nigel Barker, comedienne Amy Sedaris and cinematographer Dion Beebe. The campaign will include national commercial spots, online banner ads, radio and newsprint ads, as well as in-store merchandising, Sony said.
Although the Gawker post about Allison’s new venture is actually very nice to the notorious lifecaster, the best part of the piece is its comment section, in which Allison defends herself and her work. She notes that the Sony deal includes two national television spots, which she shot in June. We’ll keep an eye out for those once the commercials start running next month. (Sony says they’ll start in September and run through next year.)
Also in the comments, Allison revealed some details about a pilot she shot for Bravo for a reality show called “IT Girls.” She said the pilot “sucked” and wasn’t picked up. “This one was really bad,” Allison said about the pilot. “Let’s just put it this way: they chose NYC Prep over it. Yeah. Let that one sink in.”
We’re intrigued. Hey, Julia, any chance we can see this horrible pilot?
The 59th Emmy Awards nominees were announced this morning in L.A., and it was almost as if FishbowlNY was doing the nominating. HBO’s final Sopranos season garnered 15 nominations (only Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Broken Trail received more). The Daily Show (six) had more than Colbert Report (four). Even Justin Timberlake‘s “Dick in a Box” — and it’s 23,936,784 YouTube views — is is up for an Emmy. SNL, itself, picked up three.
Partygoers lining up outside Hotel Gansevoort for Nylon‘s 8th anniversary rooftop bash Wednesday night were treated to thongs, er, throngs of sign-wielding and bucket-banging Meatpacking District residents none-too-thrilled with the hotel’s plan to put up a billboard in their ‘hood.
Once inside, though, it took revelers roughly two SoCo-with-limes and an hourlong “gifting suite” — open to all attendees — to forget about the silly little protest on the street some 14 floors below. (“What’s the big deal about a billboard? Look at these jeans!”)
Christina Aguilera, the evening’s host, eventually showed, as did Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Lance Bass, who sang-along to Bass’ former boy-band boy Justin Timberlake‘s “Sexy Back.”
Other FBNY notables: Alan Cumming, Run-D.M.C.’s Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, Eve, Page Sixer Corynne Steindler with her sister, and Daily News Gatecrasher Ben Widdicome sporting an impressive Boris Becker beard.
The reported Justin Timberlake-Cameron Diaz split — the first big one of 2007 — has celebrity media outlets in a tizzy. You know who else is in a tizzy? E! gossipist Michael Malkin, who appears to’ve been counting down the minutes since Britney dropped K-Fed to write this:
Perhaps Timberlake and Diaz are the latest victims of E!’s Love Ride curse. If Timberlake and Diaz are over, that means three of the eight couples featured in the new series have gone kaput. With Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock along with Britney Spears and Kevin Federline over, who’s left to worry about the curse? Brangelina, TomKat, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
Three of eight, huh? That’s not exactly Madden Curse territory.