Archive for December 21, 2012


Tom Odell wins Brits Critics’ Choice Award

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A 22-year-old British singer-songwriter, whose career took off after he was championed by Lily Allen, has become the first man to win the Brits Critics’ Choice Award.

Chichester-born Tom Odell has been tipped to break out in the coming year, with the critics’ award following a nomination for the BBC’s Sound of 2013 earlier this month.

The Brits first awarded the critics’ choice for an up and coming British musician in 2008 when it went to Adele. Since then artists including Jessie J, Florence and the Machine and Emili Sande have been honoured. Runners up for this year’s award were electro pop duo AlunaGeorge and Laura Mvula.

Odell said he was “thrilled and honoured” to win the award. “Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the award already, I just hope I don’t let the boys down.”

Odell, who has been writing songs for the best part of a decade, wrote and recorded his debut album over the summer.

His style has been compared to American singer Jeff Buckley, who died in 1997. After his nomination for the Sound of 2013, the BBC described his style as: “Vulnerability married to memorable melody.”

Lily Allen, now Lily Rose Cooper, was alerted to Odell by a friend and she signed him to her label. It came after just four gigs.

Odell’s energy onstage “reminded me of David Bowie,” Cooper said. She told the NME: “His voice is fragile yet powerful and he sings mainly love songs,” adding: “It’s not soppy and moany at all, it’s energetic and insightful. And he’s totally gorgeous as well.”

This year the Brits will introduce its first global success award, aimed at honouring British acts that have achieved huge success overseas. Adele, Mumford & Sons and One Direction are likely to be front runners for the inaugural award.

This year, James Corden will return to present the awards ceremony on 20 February, handing the winning acts statuettes designed by Damien Hirst.

The charity War Child will receive a Special Recognition award on its 20th anniversary, after helping 800,000 children in war-torn countries. The Outstanding Contribution prize, which went to Blur last year, has been dropped.

by nick clark for independent.co.uk

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Amanda Palmer And Steve Albini On ‘Piracy’: It Only Helps Musicians

Okay, here’s a bit of a two-fer. With all of the attention that Amanda Palmer has been gettingfor her massively successful Kickstarter campaign, we had some commenters here questioning whether or not she would freak out if people then shared her music. Thankfully, in her latest update about the project she answers that and many other questions from some folks who are still a little confused about what’s going on. But, for this post, let’s focus on the simple question of “piracy” — since it’s one that comes up often enough around here:

i think music should be shared. all the time. by everybody. i think it’s pure insanity to make music filesharing illegal.
and with that said, i have, for years, encouraged my fans to burn, download and share all of my music with each other and with strangers.
and i will never stop doing that. all that sharing eventually comes back to me in all forms of income and goodwill.

This actually reminded me that, a few weeks earlier, famed music producer Steve Albini did an AMA on Reddit, in which he was asked a similar question, to which he responded:

I reject the term “piracy.” It’s people listening to music and sharing it with other people, and it’s good for musicians because it widens the audience for music. The record industry doesn’t like trading music because they see it as lost sales, but that’s nonsense. Sales have declined because physical discs are no longer the distribution medium for mass-appeal pop music, and expecting people to treat files as physical objects to be inventoried and bought individually is absurd.

The downtrend in sales has hurt the recording business, obviously, but not us specifically because we never relied on the mainstream record industry for our clientele. Bands are always going to want to record themselves, and there will always be a market among serious music fans for well-made record albums. I’ll point to the success of the Chicago label Numero Group as an example.

There won’t ever be a mass-market record industry again, and that’s fine with me because that industry didn’t operate for the benefit of the musicians or the audience, the only classes of people I care about.

Free distribution of music has created a huge growth in the audience for live music performance, where most bands spend most of their time and energy anyway. Ticket prices have risen to the point that even club-level touring bands can earn a middle-class income if they keep their shit together, and every band now has access to a world-wide audience at no cost of acquisition. That’s fantastic.

Additionally, places poorly-served by the old-school record business (small or isolate towns, third-world and non-english-speaking countries) now have access to everything instead of a small sampling of music controlled by a hidebound local industry. When my band toured Eastern Europe a couple of years ago we had full houses despite having sold literally no records in most of those countries. Thank you internets.

Considering that Amanda actually linked to Albini’s fantabulous rant about what happens when you sign a major label deal from many years ago (nearly two decades) in her previous blog post about where all the money is going, it doesn’t surprise me to find out that she’s still on the same wavelength as Albini today.

The key point that both Palmer and Albini recognize is that it’s not about the “sharing” or “piracy” or whatever you want to call it. It’s about what you do with it. Both recognize that if you play your cards right, things can be absolutely fantastic for musicians these days, because not only can they have more control over their own destinies by taking charge of their careers, the biggest challenge is obscurity not piracy. And, in fact, file sharing (not “piracy” if it’s supported by the artists themselves) can help alleviate that problem, help them build up larger audiences around the globe — at no cost — and then do something with that fanbase later.

I keep seeing critics complain that Amanda’s Kickstarter campaign only is useful to someone like Amanda because she “had a big fanbase” already. That ignores (completely) how she built up that fanbase. And part of that is making sure as many people as possible could and did hear her music. In that context, fighting against “piracy” seems to be fighting against an artist’s own best interests…

by mike masnick for techdirt.com

Trends are the topics for which we see noteworthy spikes in Twitter conversations. The 2012 Trends reveal what captured our attention, rather than what terms were consistently popular.

Conversation Starters

Hashtags help to organize conversations around topics: #nowplaying to share your favorite music, or #blessed to enumerate the good things in your life. The popularity of terms like #oomf (“one of my followers”), #lrt (“last Retweet”), #shoutout, and so on highlight the personal interactions at the heart of Twitter.

  1. #nowplaying
  2. #oomf
  3. #blessed
  4. #quote
  5. #lrt
  1. #salute
  2. #news
  3. #followfriday
  4. #throwbackthursday
  5. #shoutout

Politics

This year, voters discussed candidates and their ads, campaigns and conventions. Hashtags like #tcot (“top conservatives on Twitter”) invited more conversation, and real-time events like the debates saw record levels of engagement.

  1. #tcot
  2. #teaparty
  3. #gop
  4. #romney
  5. mitt romney
  1. #dnc2012
  2. charlotte
  3. #gop2012
  4. #rnc
  5. #obama2012

TV

People tweet incessantly about favorite contestants on reality shows like Big Brother (#bb14) and American Idol; they obsess over plot points on hits like Pretty Little Liars. TV nostalgia is popular too, as fans reminisce about shows from the past.

  1. family guy
  2. #bb14
  3. american dad
  4. hey arnold
  5. american idol
  1. pretty little liars
  2. 106 & park
  3. SNL
  4. fresh prince
  5. boy meets world

Sports

Rooting for their favorite team, discussing an MV player’s performance, or getting caught up in Olympic competitions, sports fans never flag on Twitter. And there’s never an off-season.

  1. #nfl
  2. #nascar
  3. #mlb
  4. olympics
  5. #sfgiants
  1. jeremy lin
  2. super bowl
  3. dwight howard
  4. kobe
  5. #yankees

Movies

Movie buffs take to Twitter to discuss the hottest releases, most buzzed-about blockbusters, and all their favorite films. Based on this list, it seems fans are drawn to action flicks and dark tales — but romance always finds a way.

  1. think like a man
  2. the hunger games
  3. the avengers
  4. Red Tails
  5. 21 Jump Street
  1. Dark Knight Rises
  2. Dark Shadows
  3. The Devil Inside
  4. Safe House
  5. The Vow

Music

Fans share their favorite songs via hashtags like #nowplaying and #musicmonday. This year, hip-hop stars took center stage on Twitter. Large music festivals like Coachella also generated much live tweeting, and fans all over chatted about performances.

  1. rick ross
  2. #hiphop
  3. trey songz
  4. nicki minaj
  5. #musicmonday
  1. kendrick lamar
  2. chris brown
  3. coachella
  4. big sean
  5. r&b

Food

People love talking about food on Twitter. This year, trends spiked around specific eateries and that perennial favorite coffee — as well as a certain coffee chain.

  1. ihop
  2. starbucks
  3. waffle house
  4. mcdonalds
  5. bbq
  1. #coffee
  2. taco bell
  3. denny’s
  4. burger king
  5. olive garden

Tech

As new products were announced (cf. the new iPad, iPhone or Kindle, they saw significant spikes in Twitter discussion. Other buzzworthy tech terms reflected the social sphere on platforms like Skype and Pinterest, or with a social game (Draw Something).

  1. at&t
  2. iphone
  3. instagram
  4. skype
  5. kindle
  1. ipad
  2. pinterest
  3. draw something
  4. amazon
  5. apple

Countries

Whether it’s firsthand photos from Syria, the drama of Italian football, or the latest in Afghanistan, Americans are tweeting about a wide range of global issues.

  1. #syria
  2. china
  3. japan
  4. iran
  5. India
  1. afghanistan
  2. australia
  3. israel
  4. italy
  5. Canada

 

taken from: 2012.twitter.com

Moments of serendipity and just plain awesomeness (if there is such a thing) are what we call #onlyontwitter. These are examples of Tweets that came to life organically on Twitter, and can be appreciated in an instant.

Exploring new worlds

The deepest Tweet

Blockbuster movie director James Cameron took the second-ever dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, and became the first person to send a Tweet from 35,755 feet beneath the sea.
The deepest Tweet
Credit: © Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic. The DEEPSEA CHALLENGER submersible begins its first 2.5-mile (4-km) test dive off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The sub is the centerpiece of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific project by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research.

Just arrived at the ocean’s deepest pt. Hitting bottom never felt so good. Can’t wait to share what I’m seeing w/ you@DeepChallenge

Getting closer

Indoor, outdoor sports converge

During the State of the Union address in January, NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco tweeted an observation to House Speaker John Boehner. Their friendly exchange traversed their respective worlds.
Indoor, outdoor sports converge
Credit: By Speaker John Boehner, on Twitter

@SpeakerBoehner Just read some of your tweets and you seem pretty angry kind sir. I can see you on tv but you’re not smiling. Hope you’re ok

@ochocinco: Thanks & good luck in the @SuperBowl; we’ll see you in the playoffs next year. Go  

A grateful POTUS tweets

After being re-elected President, Barack Obama took to Twitter to thank voters, even before he took the stage for his post-election speech.
A grateful POTUS tweets
Credit: By Barack Obama, on Twitter

We’re all in this together. That’s how we campaigned, and that’s who we are. Thank you. -bo

Licensed to tweet

When “Skyfall,” the latest Bond movie, premiered, author and comedian Charlie Higson translated the original 12 Bond novels into 140 character Tweets. When you’re short of characters, 007 is one less than Bond.
Licensed to tweet
Credit: By Twitter UK, on Twitter

Today I will be mostly tweeting all 12 Fleming Bond novels in 140 characters or less 

Primetime prank

During the Emmys broadcast, host Jimmy Kimmel set up a live joke, encouraging the audience to tweet, “OMG Tracy Morgan passed out on stage.” The line instantly sparked Twitter conversation, and as people tuned in, they saw Kimmel and Morgan play it to the hilt.
Primetime prank

Oh my God – Tracy Morgan just passed out onstage at the Emmys – turn ABC on NOW!”

Fiction flourishes

Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan tried her hand at a new form: a short story on Twitter. The New Yorker’s fiction desk serialized her story “Black Box” using the 140-character limit as a creative filter, to let the tale unfold in a compelling new way.
Fiction flourishes

“You will be in constant danger.

For a cause

A plea for medical insurance

Just back from vacation, Arijit Guha started to feel sick. What he thought might be a virus turned out to be much worse: a malignant growth that turned out to be Stage IV colon cancer. After hitting the limit on his insurance, he reached out to his insurer on Twitter to plead his case. Company’s CEO Mark Bertolini responded directly to Arijit, and personally directed the company to help cover the gap.
A plea for medical insurance

@Poop_Strong @I_Am_Arijit@AetnaHelp has been trying to reach you and we want to help. Can we please connect?

Politics of breast cancer

Breast cancer charity Komen for the Cure sparked a massive protest on Twitter after the group announced in January it would no longer make cancer-screening grants to Planned Parenthood. The outpouring of comments generally supportive of Planned Parenthood filled Twitter streams and sparked a much larger national debate on the issues surrounding the decision.
Politics of breast cancer
Credit: By Farrah Udell, on Twitter

Komen’s decision hurts women – it puts politics before women’s health. @KomenfortheCure should be ashamed.tinyurl.com/77xhkoy

Protest on protest

After a documentary highlighted the deeds of notorious Ugandan guerrilla leader Joseph Kony and his group LRA, Twitter users voiced their opposition: #StopKony trended worldwide. The documentary was made by the charity Invisible Children (IC). Besides #StopKony, people expressed their concern about the motives of the filmmaker and IC’s founder.
Protest on protest
Credit: March 8 by ra_coons, on Flickr

The worst living criminal remains at large b/c he’s invisible to the world. On March 5th  goes viral.bit.ly/WATCHKONY2012

2- The white savior supports brutal policies in the morning, founds charities in the afternoon, and receives awards in the evening.

City Hall calling

Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker is known for communicating with residents on Twitter, and even better known for responding quickly. During superstorm Sandy, Booker not only let victims stay at his home; he arranged for a steady supply of a favorite local snack: Hot Pockets.
City Hall calling
Credit: Mayor @CoryBooker by @Twitter, on Flickr

1 Nov 12

@CoryBooker a my nigga i m running out of hotpockets to put in the oven

I believe in you. I know this is a problem you can handle. RT@DAT_NIGGA_REEE a my nigga i m running out of hotpockets to put in the oven

Full letter from @hotpockets donating 100s of coupons for free Hot Pockets to Newarkers (PHOTO)pic.twitter.com/oVO2eYZk

The world of Ai Weiwei

Known for his public stands against Chinese government repression, artist Ai Weiwei has been placed under house arrest and is not allowed to travel outside China. He has turned to the Internet, and in particular to Twitter, to engage with the world. As he often says, “Twitter is [my] favorite city.”
The world of Ai Weiwei
Credit: Free Ai weiwei! by DeluCarloe, on Flickr

RT @ponwawa@aiww like it or not, revolution will come. coooool pic.twitter.com/qIjAJ21J

Reprise: Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came down after 28 years of dividing the city. On November 9, 2012,@9Nov89live captured the historic anniversary via Tweets. German citizens and many others joined the conversation using the hashtag #TwitternWie1989 (“tweeting like in 1989”) to share their very personal memories.
Reprise: Berlin Wall
Credit: Berlin Wall by NatalieMaynor, on Flickr

 Bei der @tagesschau machen sie auf mit “DDR öffnet Grenze”. youtube.com/watch?v=llE7tC…

On the ground in Syria

Stationed in Qubair, a small Muslim village in Syria, BBC Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar frequently investigated reports of area uprisings and killings. At one point he didn’t have access to a broadcast camera — just his mobile phone. His compelling reportage took shape via his Tweets.
On the ground in Syria
Credit: By Paul Danahar, on Twitter

The following is what I understand are the accurate details of  from various conversation with knowledgable dip’s in  (1/3)

 : Killings by locals on locals, unclear if under instruction. Nobody’s throat was cut. Mainly women & kids as men away.  (2/3)

 : Most died by rooms being sprayed with bullets, not execution style gun to the head. One person had eye gouged out  (3/3)

Get in the game

Tweeting for the Gold

Tyler Clary gave us a glimpse inside the mind of an Olympian as he live-tweeted the 200m backstroke at the London Games. Given the tape delay from the UK to the U.S., he could tweet his innermost thoughts as they occurred to him during the race.
Tweeting for the Gold
Credit: By L2012 Pool Camera, on Twitter

Who wants to hear my narrative of what was happening leading up to my race and even after the race???

I’m back in the ready room dancing and listening to a little dubstep, but right before I came out I switched on “The Motto” by Drake 🙂

I see that I’m behind Ryan at the 100 but I am only thinking about building into the last 75

All I could think about after I saw that result was my high school coach Kevin Perry who passed away during my freshman year of college

Swimmer makes the cut

It was a Tweet from Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman that informed Olympic hopeful Ricky Berens he qualified for the 2012 team, because Phelps would not be competing in the 200m freestyle. The coach’s Tweet gave Berens the nod to replace Phelps.
Swimmer makes the cut
Credit: By Tori Houk, on Twitter

Words can’t describe how I am feeling right now. If Twitter is right, I am swimming the 200 free at the Olympics!!!!! This is nuts!!!

MLB player meets a friend

Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeremy Guthrie* tweeted to find somebody for a game of catch at Coors Field. He connected with his Twitter follower Woody Roseland, and the pair played catch. Guthrie tweeted that Roseland, a five-time cancer survivor and amputee, is not only an inspiration to him — but a new friend.
— *He later joined the Kansas City Royals
MLB player meets a friend
Credit: Coors Field Autostitch 2 by compujeramey, on Flickr

I was trying to find a catch partner (thanks for bailing Chatwood) & found a FRIEND & example of courage.@WoodyRoseland You are inspiring!

Only hurts when he laughs

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive during a game, suffering an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and a skull fracture. Concerned fans were relieved to see that after surgery, McCarthy was back on Twitter — and more hilarious than ever. So was his wife, Amanda.
Only hurts when he laughs
Credit: By Joe Farris, on Twitter

11 Sep 12

WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK ABOUT A THREESOME THEN IM FRESH OUT OF IDEAS

@BMcCarthy32 I WILL strike someone with a brain injury

Fire on the track

When the car ahead of him burst into flames at the Daytona 500, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski brought the action to us by live-tweeting from his car. Luckily, the huge ball of fire didn’t harm the other driver.
Fire on the track

Talk to Pelé

Just before Euro 2012 got underway in July, international soccer legend Pelé joined Twitter in June, taking questions from his legions of fans.
Talk to Pelé
Credit: By Pelé, on Twitter

27 Jun 12

@Pele do you think that Brazil can make a good job in Brazil 2014 

.@erikgm98 I sure hope so! We have good individual players but we have to prepare as a team.

27 Jun 12

@Pele who was the best player you ever played with and the best you played against 

.@matthammie1984 Best I played against was @beckenbauer and Bob Moore.

27 Jun 12

@Pele out of all the world cup finals you played, which one was your favorite 

.@GusOrdaz World Cup Sweden at 17 years old. Youngest player to win . This you cannot forget.

No longer rivals

Fifteen years ago, boxing champion Mike Tyson fought Evander Holyfield. What made headlines wasn’t who won — it was that Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. At long last, this year, they have made peace.
No longer rivals
Credit: Mike Tyson, on Twitter

28 Jun 12

.@WBCBoxing just reminded me today is the anniversary of the ear biting incident. Love you@holyfield. You are a true champion.

@MikeTyson @WBCBoxing as I recall u bit both of my ears….other 1 wasn’t marinated n my RealDealBBQ sauce. LOL! It’s all good bro!

Premier League fires, hires

Even after a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Juventus, Chelsea parting company with manager Roberto di Matteo came out of the blue for most fans. The news broke on Twitter with @ChelseaFC’s tweet. Later in the day Chelsea announced its new manager, Rafael Benítez via Twitter.
Premier League fires, hires
Credit: Chelsea FC

Chelsea Football Club has parted company this morning with manager Roberto Di Matteo. More to follow… 

Trading is part of the game

After being traded to the Houston Rockets, NBA guard James Harden made headlines, and got Twitter buzz. The fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard; players around the league weighed in on the trade as well.
Trading is part of the game
Credit: By NBA on Twitpic

Wow

taken from 2012.twitter.com

 

The pulse of the planet signifies the biggest conversations of the year around single events that generate a large number of Tweets and Retweets. Here are the major occurrences in 2012 for which the world came together to witness and discuss.

Summer Olympics

The 16-day Summer Games in London generated 150 million Tweets. The closing ceremonies (specifically, the Spice Girls’ performance) amassed the largest Games-related spike, 116,000+ Tweets per minute. The largest competition-related conversation: when Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (@UsainBolt), most-discussed athlete, won gold in the 200m sprint (80,000 Tweets per minute).
Summer Olympics

Pic: Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, kisses his gold medal after taking to the podium tonight pic.twitter.com/QNHd9WTx

U.S. election

The first of the U.S. presidential debates produced 10 million Tweets; 31 million+ Tweets were sent about the election on Election Day. As news organizations tallied the results that evening, the conversation about the election on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute (TPM).
U.S. election
Credit: By Doug Mills / New York Times

Photo: Plenty of pointing fingers in the second debate between Obama and Romney (by @dougmillsnyt)pic.twitter.com/KgqkgZM2

MTV Video Music Awards

Over 52 million votes were cast via Tweets for the “Most Sharable Video” for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards show. The show itself generated 14.7 million Tweets; the biggest peak of the night went to the moment One Direction won Best Pop Video with 98,307 Tweets per minute. Taylor Swift’s performance was the night’s second biggest moment, generating 86,275 Tweets per minute.
MTV Video Music Awards
MTV

@MTV

 PSY!! Dance for me, immediately.pic.twitter.com/5Pghztcx

Super Bowl

Super Bowl fans had a lot to say about this year’s Giants-Patriots February 5th match. We saw 13.7 million Super Bowl-related Tweets during the game; 1 million of them appeared in the final 5 minutes. Tweets spiked when an incomplete pass by the Patriots sealed the Giants’ victory, at 201,466 Tweets per minute. Madonna’s halftime show saw 108,077 Tweets per minute.
Super Bowl

Here’s what @Giants & @Patriots‘ll be fighting 4 Sunday: Lombardi trophy, on-set 4 Super Bowl LIVE. pic.twitter.com/d5eWgFuu

Euro 2012

Nothing ignites global conversation like a football match. During this final in which Spain beat Italy 4-0, Juan Mata’s goal sparked 267,200 Tweets per minute. Other big Twitter moments: Mario Balotelli’s second goal for Italy against Germany, Cesc Fabregas’ goal for Spain against Italy, and Spain’s defeat of Portugal in the semi-finals.
Euro 2012

Great! This is amazing! This is for everybody, you deserve it!pic.twitter.com/aj3KuPrm

Superstorm Sandy

Between October 27 and November 1, people sent more than 20 million Tweets about Sandy’s impact and aftermath. When the power went out in much of New York City, mobile usage from people there more than doubled from the previous two days. Afterwards, people sought ways to help: Tweets mentioning the word “donate” reached a 180-day peak; the phrase “donate blood” a 365-day peak.
Superstorm Sandy

UEFA Champions League Semi-Final

In April, fans around the world tuned in to watch the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea. During the game, total global traffic on the platform peaked at 184,535 Tweets per minute following Fernando Torres’ goal to tie the game for Chelsea, making this single game one of the biggest sports-related Twitter moments this year.
UEFA Champions League Semi-Final

Seen it all now…..Torres scores, makes it 2-2 on the night and astonishingly, gloriously Chelsea are in the final of the Champions League

“Summer Wars” obsession

Japanese anime movie “Summer Wars” was broadcast on Nihon TV in July. During the film, the main character hits the enter key and says, “Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!” (“Please!”). Thousands of fans of both anime and Twitter created their own “live” event by tweeting that line exactly when the main character says it in the film.
“Summer Wars” obsession
Credit: Summer Wars Film Partners

【サマウォクラスタへ】サマーウォーズが好きすぎて、Twitterの空気感をオズ風に表示するサイト作りました。よろしくお願いしまぁぁあああす! tword.net   pic.twitter.com/84kMQ70l

Whitney Houston

On February 11, news broke that Whitney Houston passed away unexpectedly at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Many of the superstar’s fans saw the news on Twitter, and tweeted to express their grief and share gratitude for her music. The news of her passing generated more than 10 million Tweets (73,662 Tweets per minute). Later, fans and performers saluted her with nearly 2 million Tweets during a live televised funeral and tribute.
Whitney Houston
Credit: Clive Davis, on Twitter

R.I.P. Whitney Houston. Retweet for respect.

SOPA/PIPA

Two controversial antipiracy bills under consideration in Congress (SOPA in the House, PIPA in the Senate) were hotly discussed Twitter topics. As debate heated up, “SOPA” on Twitter exploded from 106,000 mentions to 3.5 million 24 hours later. Similarly, in the same day, 86,500 “PIPA” mentions grew to more than 655,500.
SOPA/PIPA
Credit: Clay Shirky by alecperkins, on Flickr

Internet 1, Congress 0

taken from 2012.twitter.com
Here are the top two Tweets that generated the most Retweets for the year, plus honorable mentions for a few other Tweets that caught attention around the world.

“Four more years”

6 Nov 12  810,000+ Retweets 300,000+ Favorites

President Obama comments on his reelection
Credit: Michelle Obama, on Twitter

President Obama comments on his reelection

Before he took the stage to affirm his election victory, President Obama marked his win via Twitter. Within hours, this Tweet simultaneously became the most retweeted of 2012 — and the most retweeted ever, sent by people in more than 200 countries around the world.

Justin Bieber ✔@justinbieber

“RIP Avalanna. i love you” 26 Sep 12

220,000+ Retweets 100,000+ Favorites
Justin Bieber says goodbye to a fan
Credit: Avalanna Routh, on Twitter

Justin Bieber says goodbye to a fan

Suffering from a rare form of brain cancer, six-year-old Avalanna Routh was big Justin Bieber fan, and the pop star had grown close to her during her illness. When she passed away in September. Bieber paid tribute to her in a Tweet, and many, many Twitter Beliebers responded.

TJ Lang ✔@TJLang70

“Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”

24 Sep 12  8,000+ Retweets 28,000+ Favorites

Packer TJ Lang voices his frustration
Credit: Seattle Seahawks, on Twitter

Packer TJ Lang voices his frustration

In September the Seattle Seahawks went head-to-head with the Green Bay Packers. The now-infamous final play was called by a “replacement ref” due to a labor standoff with the referees’ union. That call generated 1+ million Tweets as players and fans flocked to Twitter to grouse about the decision. TJ’s Tweet became the most retweeted of the night — and of the NFL season overall.

Team GB ✔@TeamGB

“29 gold, 17 silver, 19 bronze – We finished 3rd in medal table after most successful Olympics for 104 years#OurGreatestTeam RT your support”

12 Aug 12  67,000+ Retweets 5,000+ Favorites

Team GB congratulates its athletes
Credit: Team GB, on Twitter

Team GB congratulates its athletes

For the first time since 1948, the Summer Olympics returned to London. British athletes performed extremely well, with a “home team” advantage resulting in more medals than expected. Fans followed their every move, joining in at the close of the Games to show their support for #OurGreatestTeam.

山寺宏一@yamachanoha

“…I would like to announce here: I, Koichi Yamadera, have married Ms. Rie Tanaka … I am really happy to have met such a great partner and have our lives come together. We made up our minds to respect each other, help each other and build a home full of smiles…”

公式ブログが無いのでこちらで報告させて頂きます。私、山寺宏一は昨日6月17日に声優の田中理恵さんと入籍致しました。人生を共に歩んで行く素晴らしいパートナーと巡り会えた事に感謝します。互いを信頼し、支え合い、笑顔あふれる家庭を築いて行こうと思います。暖かく見守って頂けたら幸いです。

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Anime fans salute a wedding
Credit: Spring’12 -cherry blossom- by Yoozigen, on Flickr

Anime fans salute a wedding

When actor Kouichi Yamadera announced in a Tweet that he registered for marriage with actress Rie Tanaka, it became the most retweeted message from Japan this year. Why? Both are prominent Japanese voice actors, famous for many of their anime roles.
taken from: 2012.twitter.com

PSY – GANGNAM STYLE (강남스타일) M/V

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Korean Pop Superstar ‘PSY’ has already achieved quite a lot with his video for ‘Gangnam style’, and now he can add a Guinness World Record to that list.

‘Gangnam Style’, which has only been available to view since the 15th of July, has been ‘liked’ in excess of 2,141,758 times, making it the most liked video in YouTube history.

The closest competitors for most liked video on YouTube include LMFAO‘s ‘Party Rock Anthem‘ (1,574,963 likes), Justin’s Bieber’s ‘Baby’ (1,327,147 likes) and Adele’sRolling in the Deep‘ (1,245,641 likes).

PSY (real name: Park Jae-Sang) is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and rapper. ‘Gangnam Style’, his most successful single to date, is the most viewed K-Pop video on YouTube.

This also marks the first time a South Korean artist has topped the iTunes charts.

Dan Barrett, Guinness World Records Community Manager, comments, ‘Having been the “Have you seen this?!” video of the last two months across the web, it’s great to be able to award a record for this tremendously popular video. In years past it was unthinkable that something  would be viewed a hundred million times, and now “Gangnam Style” has achieved more than twice this figure in just 3 months on YouTube.’

source: guinnessworldrecords.com

 

X Factor‘ 2012 winner: Tate Stevens crowned Season 2 champion

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The country vote never fails.

Tate Stevens, 37, was crowned “X Factor” Season 2 champion tonight over Carly Rose Sonenclar, proving that it is never too late to live your dream and sing on-stage with a cowboy hat like a real country star.

Joking aside, the Belton, Mo. native likely will be a country star one day — he definitely has the voice for it. Tate was a fan favorite from the beginning, coupling his pure, powerful voice with a likeable, family-oriented personality. The $5 million recording contract couldn’t have fallen to a nicer guy. He and his family deserve it. No more concrete work for this man.

“This is the best day of my life,” Tate said, holding back tears as he gave his reaction.

Tate blew the judges away in his St. Louis audition, belting out a strong cover of “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter. Through the middle rounds, he never stumbled, was always poised and easily advanced to the live shows.

Somewhere in the middle of the season, Tate began to get a bit boring with passionate country ballad after passionate country ballad but turned up the heat with a rousing rendition of “Bonfire” by Craig Morgan in the semifinals. But who knows? It may not have mattered. Tate clearly had the country vote in his corner and they put him at or near the top of the leaderboard each week.

Other highlights for Tate included great versions of Lonestar’s “I’m Already There” and “Tough” by Craig Morgan.

And when he re-sang “Anything Goes” Wednesday night, he reminded everyone why he deserved to win.

I have no doubt that this loving husband and father will have a successful career in country music. Good for him.

Oh, and fun fact: Tate Stevens is not his real name.

NOTES:

• You have to feel for Carly Rose, but all things considered, this was right decision. Tate said it best. “These kids want to win. I need to win.” And he did.

• Tate’s wife and daughter are getting a great Christmas this year.

• Writing about the big X has been a fun ride and for those of you who stuck it out with me, thanks for reading. I’ll be back for “American Idol” in a few weeks. What can I say? I’m a sucker for these singing shows.

By Bobby Olivier/The Star-Ledger for nj.com

Songs About The End of the World – One Minute Mashup

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Listen while there’s still time.

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