Bob Marley Rises Up on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart

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By Richard Horgan

BillboardLogoAre 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.

Gruger explains that conversation about the late artist rose 34% on Facebook for the charting week, due in large part to anniversaries of his last recording session with the Wailers and final concert appearance in New York at Madison Square Garden.