What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.
In the previous entry of this type, wherein we ambitiously introduced this as a recurring feature, we explained our feelings on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the suspicious formulas which drive it to its conclusions. These thoughts were typed up by us as lifelong fans of popular music, and observers of our popular culture. We did not generously share with you our concerns to, by contrast, shine a favorable light upon the PeekScore blog simply because all of our lists are imbued with an integrity which Billboard’s Hot 100 sorely lacks (however much that is true). It is apples and oranges, we know, to compare the Hot 100 to what we do. Billboard’s chart is a song chart and our charts are, well, AWESOME. Nonetheless, it’s worth noting that while the Hot 100 seems to be somewhat arbitrary, if not quite random, our charts are impartial, and driven by a little thing called (oh, I don’t know…) computers. Also, unlike the Hot 100, PeekScore lists are a valid and accurate measure of the prominence, or even the cultural import, of artists and public figures (well, okay… at least in relation to to each other, and specifically relating to where their impact in cyberspace is concerned). If either our or Billboard’s findings are meaningful is up to you, and for history, to decide; it remains the case, though, that our charts are better… Not that we’d ever gloat about such a thing.
Regardless, the modern marketplace – and frankly, commonsense – simply commands an online presence for any pop musician, and each of the below listed artists have certainly, to varying degrees, pursued this truth (and wisdom) and have risen to the occasion. Our beloved Internet is sort of where it all happens in that industry, these days (and “where it all happens in that industry,” of course doesn’t mean only the good stuff; as the Internet is where the musicians’ goods are bought, sold, traded, borrowed, and on a very, very rare occasion even stolen).
There are few surprises to be found below – Britney, Gaga, and J-Lo, dominate in cyberspace just as they do out here (where we sit, as we type this) in the flesh and bone world of questionable touch and disagreeable odor. We recognize that in this case, Billboard’s chart – where Brit and J-Lo both have top ten hits in 2011 – is a touch more surprising.
If you want to see hacky swipes at Brit for her breakdown of a few years back, Chris Brown for being a violent creep, or Bruno Mars for his stupid hat, just click through to our last attempt at an entry of this sort. Commentary will return in subsequent posts, as new obnoxious digs at the innocent strangers adorning the charts occur to us. There is a purity and sincerity to our stupid insults of strangers, and we don’t wear the catty hat simply for its own sake. While we’re certain these men and women remain profoundly silly and fairly irritating, we’re in just too peaceful a place at the moment to much care. Their songs are hummable, their beats propulsive, and they make the kids happy. Do you honestly have a problem with that?
Anyway, enjoy this quickie post, and while you’re at it, enjoy your life.
A QUICK NOTE: This week’s Top 10 featured 4 songs with one or more guest artists appearing on them, for a total of 7 different guest artists in all. Those guests will not appear on this list. Also, for Black Eyed Peas, we had to choose one of the two members anyone actually gives a damn about. We had previously promised to rotate in Fergie this time around, but a) ultimately feel it’s most fair to stick with BEP’s highest PeekScored member as their representative on the chart, and b) really don’t suspect that anyone cares.
||Britney Spears||#8 with Till the World Ends||10 / 10|
||Lady Gaga||#3 with The Edge of Glory||10 / 10|
||Chris Brown||#9 with Look at Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)||10 / 10|
||Jennifer Lopez||#6 with On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)||8.3 / 10|
||Bruno Mars||#7 with the Lazy Song||9.81 / 10|
||will.i.am (for Black Eyed Peas)||#5 (as part of The Black Eyed Peas) with Just Can’t Get Enough||9.63/ 10|
||Adele||#1 with Rolling in the Deep||9.14 / 10|
||Jeremih||#10 Down on Me (feat. 50 Cent)||8.06 / 10|
||Katy Perry||#2 with E.T. (feat. Kanye West)||8.06 / 10|
||Pitbull||#4 with Give Me Everything (feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack & Nayer)||7.99 / 10|