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

November 16, 2010

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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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Black Ops Opening Day Crushes Avatar, Halo and Everything Else
http://kotaku.com/5687361/black-ops-opening-day-crushes-avatar-halo-and-everything-else

Dino De Laurentiis: For Decades A Big Picture Guy
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/11/131244809/dino-de-laurentiis-for-decades-a-big-picture-guy&sc=nl&cc=movn-20101112

How Lady Gaga’s 1 Billion YouTube Views Changes The Music Industry
http://www.fastcompany.com/1698374/how-lady-gagas-billion-youtube-views-changes-the-music-industry

75% Of Topspin Sales Involve Physical Goods
http://digitalmusicnews.com/stories/110810premiumphysical

At CMA Awards, Nashville Shake-Up Goes On
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/arts/music/11cma.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a27

Mexican Rock Act Camila Has A winning Night at Latin Grammy Awards
http://entertainment.latimes.com/awards/2010/11/2010-latin-grammy-awards-mexican-rock-act-camila-has-a-winning-night.html

Gwyneth Paltrow Sings Cee-Lo On “Glee” and It’s Undeniably Great
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/11/gwyneth_paltrow_glee_cee_lo_fo.html

“Shake It Up!” Averages 6.2 Million Viewers
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/11/08/shake-it-up-averages-6-2-million-viewers-disney-channels-2-highest-rated-series-premiere-of-all-time/71247/

Sarah Palin Alaska Delivers 4.96 Million Total Viewers
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2010/11/15/sarah-palins-alaska-delivers-4-96-million-total-viewers-for-tlc

NBC Shakes Up Midseason Schedule, Renews 30 Rock
http://www.deadline.com/2010/11/nbc-shakes-up-midseason-schedule-puts-6-comedies-on-thursday-renews-30-rock/

Conan O’Brien Grabs 4.2 Million Viewers In TBS Premiere
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/11/conan-obrien-grabs-42-million-viewers-in-tbs-premiere.html

New York Times Will Rank E-Books Best Sellers
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/books/11list.html?_r=2&hp

E-Book Readers Expected To Be Hot Gift On Black Friday
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/social-media/e3i7fd4195ba1b2a84627b31603a6961a77

iTunes To Sell Beatles Titles
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/business/media/16apple.html?_r=1&hp

AMC Cancels Rubicon After One Season
http://www.thewrap.com/television/article/amc-cancels-rubicon-22450

AMC Renews “Walking Dead” For Second Season
http://www.hitfix.com/articles/amc-renews-the-walking-dead-for-a-second-season

Bill Clinton Films Cameo For “Hangover 2”
http://www.tmz.com/2010/11/14/bill-clinton-hangover-2-photo-set-thailand-bangkok-us-president/

Damon Albarn Records New Gorillaz Record On An iPad
http://www.nme.com/news/gorillaz/53816

Kanye West Was Coached For ‘Today’ Interview Gone Awry
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/kanye-west-was-coached-for-today-interview-gone-awry/

Kiss Collared In Copyright Claim
http://www.rockradio.co.uk/rock-news/kiss-collared-in-copyright-claim/j3da91hd/

Phil Collins Says He Considered Suicide
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/nov/11/phil-collins-suicide-spinal-injury

Viacom Selling Rock Band Maker Harmonix
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-viacom-selling-rock-band-maker-harmonix-profits-fall-on-writedowns/

Warner Bros. Sets Up Official Petition Email For “Veronica Mars” Film
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/archives/warner_bros._sets_up_official_petition_email_for_veronica_mars_film

Hollywood Insider: Rubiks Cube Movie
http://www.whatsplaying.com.au/2010/11/hollywood-insider-rubiks-cube-movie/

Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Boasts of 240 Million Revenues, 30 Million Subscribers
http://www.fastcompany.com/1701589/hulu-ceo-jason-kilar-boasts-of-240-million-revenues-30-million-subscribers

Netflix Unbound
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/digital-downloads/broadband/e3ic1904d9b2e94022a9ef2c3b4e7cad8a7

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