Showbiz Sandbox 79: A New Social Music Chart To Rival Billboard?

Media measurement company BigChampagne believes that ranking songs and musicians based on radio airplay and record sales is an antiquated method. Joe Fleischer, the company’s Chief Marketing Officer, explains how they’ve added social platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Pandora into the mix to create the Ultimate Chart, a new music chart giving industry heavyweights Billboard and Soundscan a run for their money.

Speaking of media metrics, the biggest entertainment launch in history occurred last week and it wasn’t a James Cameron movie. In fact, it wasn’t a movie at all, but a video game. “Call of Duty: Black Ops” earned  a record setting $360 million in its first day alone.

If that’s not strange enough for you, the biggest headlines coming out of the Country Music Awards may not have been from winners Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton or even the red hot Taylor Swift. Instead it was actress Gwyneth Paltrow who performed the title song from her upcoming movie “Country Strong”. Paltrow proved she can really belt out a tune, though whether that helps rehabilitate her career or image remains to be seen.

We cover the weeks top entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop, including the Beatles discographyon iTunes, President Bill Clinton’s new career as a movie actor and a suicidal Phil Collins. Finally, the fortune and future of Hulu is this week’s Inside Baseball topic.


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Mexican Rock Act Camila Has A winning Night at Latin Grammy Awards

Gwyneth Paltrow Sings Cee-Lo On “Glee” and It’s Undeniably Great

“Shake It Up!” Averages 6.2 Million Viewers

Sarah Palin Alaska Delivers 4.96 Million Total Viewers

NBC Shakes Up Midseason Schedule, Renews 30 Rock

Conan O’Brien Grabs 4.2 Million Viewers In TBS Premiere

New York Times Will Rank E-Books Best Sellers

E-Book Readers Expected To Be Hot Gift On Black Friday

iTunes To Sell Beatles Titles

AMC Cancels Rubicon After One Season

AMC Renews “Walking Dead” For Second Season

Bill Clinton Films Cameo For “Hangover 2”

Damon Albarn Records New Gorillaz Record On An iPad

Kanye West Was Coached For ‘Today’ Interview Gone Awry

Kiss Collared In Copyright Claim

Phil Collins Says He Considered Suicide

Viacom Selling Rock Band Maker Harmonix

Warner Bros. Sets Up Official Petition Email For “Veronica Mars” Film

Hollywood Insider: Rubiks Cube Movie

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Boasts of 240 Million Revenues, 30 Million Subscribers

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