Late last year, as Lady Gaga was seemingly everywhere except at the top of the Hot 100 chart, a claim surfaced that she had lost her label, Interscope Records, $25 million on ARTPOP and that they would be forced to make layoffs. Sure, the album underperformed in comparison to Gaga’s previous work, but it still enjoyed sales figures that most artists would be delighted with — it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and has to date sold some 679,000 copies stateside, on top of millions more around the world. So how could it have lost so much money? The unsubstantiated report came from music industry “insider” Angela Cheng, and appeared on Examiner.com, a content farm that has done what all content farms hope to do: trick corners of the Internet into believing it’s a credible website. … Read More
If you have Facebook, then chances are yesterday your feed was bombarded with people sharing a curious video wherein a bunch of “strangers” kiss one another. By now, I’m wagering you fall into one of two camps: you’re sick of seeing the bastard thing, or you found it life-affirming and wonderful and are wondering why there’s a backlash against it. Either way, I suspect the last thing you want to do is read more about it, but bear with me here, because beyond the superficial, the way the whole thing unfolded is a rather fascinating study in what we tend to call viral culture. … Read More
You can tell a lot about a person based on who they religiously follow on Twitter — or least that’s the driving idea behind this new weekly column. Every Monday we’ll ask an influential web editor to share some of his or her most prized feeds with you, along with a few exemplary tweets that will illustrate why you’ll soon be following along too. Our hope is that you’ll get a tiny glimpse inside the creative minds of some of online media’s brightest stars — and a more interesting Twitter feed of your own to boot!
To kick things off, we were lucky enough to score some recommendations from the lovely Amy Odell, the editor of BuzzFeed’s brand-new women’s vertical, Shift. Click through to check out her picks, and be sure to follow her on Twitter here. … Read More
One of the most valuable players on the Internet over the last year, Tumblr has amazed us in how quickly it’s evolved from a small-staffed, ballsy experiment to a respected, widely used, interactive network of some of the funniest and highest-quality content out there. We’ve found that when we’re looking for some procrastination, inspiration, or just a good laugh, we often wind up on a Tumblr blog. Below the jump, browse through our 15 favorites of 2011, and tell us which others you think we should check out before the year is up. … Read More
Editor’s note: Every Monday morning our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed bring you up to speed with a post filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that you might have missed over the weekend. Enjoy!
Chris Brown might have been the biggest winner at last night’s BET Awards, but what… Read More
Editor’s note: Every Monday morning our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed will bring you up to speed with a post filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that you might have missed over the weekend. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, the week starts off with some sad news from the music world. Famed… Read More