Following Instagram’s recent purge of fake accounts, Kim Kardashian has officially become the most-followed person on the popular social media network overtaking Justin Bieber. The change in place comes as a result of 3.8 million spam accounts being removed from Bieber’s fan base. The international celebutante now has 22.2 million with Beyoncé coming in just behind with 21.4 million, leaving Bieber in third with 20 million Beliebers.
Other notable drops in followers include Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande who saw their followings drop by 1.1 million and 1.6 million, respectively. Most suspect of all, however, is rapper Ma$e, who had 1.6 million followers – that is until a few days ago – when he saw his followers drop to a paltry 100,000 followed by a prompt deleting of his account altogether.
The news comes at a time when Instagram has also trumped Twitter as having more registered users, signaling a shift in consumer habits from a text-based culture to a more visual-based one and confirms Kim’s unparalleled ability to #BreakTheInternet.
Nicki Minaj‘s “Only” flies 10-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, giving the artist her fourth No. 1 — the most among female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally.
Minaj surpasses Missy Elliott (with three leaders), and pulls ahead of Da Brat and Iggy Azalea (each with two). They are the only female rappers with multiple No. 1s.
“Only” — featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown — zooms to No. 1 following the Dec. 12 release of its music video. It’s up 82 percent in overall chart points, powered by the streaming of the song and its video (up 157 percent in streams according to Nielsen Music, earning the chart’s Greatest Gainer/Streaming honor). Eighty percent of the tune’s streaming clicks for the week came from Vevo on YouTube.
The new No. 1 also gives Drake his 12th leader on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Lil Wayne notches his ninth crowning song with the climb, while Chris Brown nets his fifth.
On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, “Only” takes the Greatest Gainer tag, hopping 7-5. A 27 percent rise in audience at the format bumps impressions to 24.2 million, according to Nielsen Music — its best week since its Nov. 17 debut.
“Only” is one of three charting cuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from Minaj’s The Pinkprint album. “Bed of Lies,” featuring Skylar Grey, dips 25-30 in its fourth chart week, while “Anaconda” steps 18-17 in its 19th week, following its previous six-week run at No. 1.
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BlackBerry has officially launched the no-nonsense BlackBerry Classic in Hong Kong. Built to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard, the BlackBerry Classic offers a form factor optimized for communicators with a 3.5-inch touch screen display, 294 dpi HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for greater durability. The BlackBerry Classic also offers a large battery capacity and state-of-the-art battery optimization software, with up to 22 hours of battery power. The device is built with durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology. This includes a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of device storage (expandable by up to 128GB via uSD), and a 2MP front- and 8MP rear-facing camera with enhanced optics and upgraded imaging sensors. The BlackBerry Classic is now available to pre-order for $450 USD.
Designed for the PlayStation 3 game Gran Turismo 6, Infiniti has recently launched a futuristic simulated supercar fittingly titled the Concept Gran Turismo, conceptualized by the company’s design team in Beijing. The car was created as the result of a worldwide Infiniti Design competition whose goal was to create “a pure Infiniti GT car” and “a vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future.
Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking.
Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard) pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song “Hot Boy.” He also put out a music video that popularized a dance craze called the “Shmoney dance,” and reportedly signed a lucrative record deal.
His attorney, Howard Greenberg, said his client had been falsely accused.
“Does it make sense that he would resort to committing crimes when he has the world in the palm of his hand?” the lawyer said outside court. “It’s ridiculous.”
Police arrested Pollard on conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession on Wednesday after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. Police found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car in which he was riding, authorities said.
An indictment naming Pollard charges more than 15 defendants with a variety of crimes including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing. Police seized 21 guns during the investigation, 10 of them while making arrests on Wednesday.
The court papers allege that Pollard fired a gun toward a crowd of people outside a barber shop in Brooklyn earlier this year. They also say he was present last year during a confrontation between rival drug gangs outside a Brooklyn courthouse where shots were fired.
The evidence includes several recorded phone conversations, including some between Pollard and gang members serving time on Rikers Island, the indictment says. The gang used code words, referring to firearms as “tone” and “socks,” narcotics as “crills,” and shootings as “sun tan,” it says.
During a conversation on April 28, Pollard bragged, “I am two socks Bobby right now,” the indictment says.
A “Hot Boy” video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“My music is straight facts,” Pollard recently told New York magazine. “There are a lot of gangsters in my ‘hood.”
Pollard’s criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.