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The hottest movies, music, tv shows, and artists of 2007 -- by p2p statistics

Wired magazine recently released a fascinating report, which names the biggest winners, in terms of popularity, (or losers, in terms of revenue) of 2007.  The report which was based on statistics that Wired staffers grabbed by monitoring and probing peer-to-peer (p2p) networks, detailed the top songs, movies, tv shows, and artists of the year.

The top artists were:
1. T.I.
2. T-Pain
3. Akon
4. 50 Cent
5. R. Kelly
6. Lil Wayne
7. Justin Timberlake
8. Fergie
9. Ludacris
10. Snoop Dogg

Some may notes that Radiohead was absent from this list.  While their album, In Rainbows, released as a choose-your-price download made a big splash in terms of a statement, even its relatively strong downloads of a couple million were not enough to compare to the massive p2p traffic for the year.

The top songs of year were:
1. Shop Boyz, "Party Like A Rock Star"
2. Akon, "I Wanna Luv U"
3. Sean Kingston, "Beautiful Girls"
4. Mims, "This Is Why I'm Hot"
5. Akon, "Don't Matter"
6. T-Pain, "Bartender"
7. Soulja Boy, "Crank Dat Soulja Boy"
8. Justin Timberlake, "My Love"
9. DJ Unk, "Walk It Out"
10. Jim Jones, "We Fly High"

For the movies, the following items topped the list:
1. Resident Evil: Extinction
2. Pirates of The Caribbean: At World's End
3. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
4. Ratatouille
5. Superbad
6. Beowulf
7. Transformers
8. American Gangster
9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
10. Stardust

The only possible surprise here is that Pirates 3 was not the most pirated movie!

Finally, the top TV shows were:
1. "Heroes"
2. "Prison Break"
3. "Top Gear"
4. "Smallville"
5. "Desperate Housewives"
6. "House, M.D."
7. "Lost"
8. "Grey's Anatomy"
9. "24"
10. "Dexter"

This lists adds an interesting perspective when looking at the NBC/iTunes drama.   It illustrates the runaway success of NBC's heroes and how much of a hit Apple will take if NBC decides to eventually sever its month to month contract.  However, it also shows that most of the rest of the top content is on Fox and ABC, so iTunes may be able to get by with just these offerings.

The year of 2007 was certainly a wild one for p2p and torrents, with the RIAA scoring a landmark jury verdict of $222,000 in damages against working mom Jammie Thomas, p2p defending hackers attacking the RIAA, confessions that Comcast throttles p2p traffic, and Swedish based torrent leader The Pirate Bay's admins facing criminal charges.  One can only guess the escapades that 2008 may have in store for the millions of web-pirates out there.

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I fear for the future of civilization...
By masher2 on 1/3/2008 1:08:51 PM , Rating: 5
> "The top artists were...[snip]"


RE: I fear for the future of civilization...
By Master Kenobi on 1/3/2008 1:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
I have to agree, if thats what you consider a "top artist" were all screwed.

By Vanilla Thunder on 1/3/2008 5:10:44 PM , Rating: 4
Instead of Top Artists, it should have read "Top reasons to turn your kids on to good music before it's too late." What a collection of no talent, clown shoe wearing, hacks.


By Ryanman on 1/5/2008 5:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
seriously. It's pretty obvious why those guys are up there... who would pay for that music?
Short answer: 15 year old girls who like it on their phone.
Real answer: Nobody.

By SirLucius on 1/4/2008 11:39:59 AM , Rating: 4
We've been screwed for sometime now. The p2p stats are just a reflection of pop culture as a whole. And when someone can make millions of dollars when their lyrics consist of crap like, "I'm hot cause I'm fly, you ain't cause you're not," you no there's little hope left.

People would rather listen to cookie cutter pop-hop (or hip-pop, your choice) that sounds like it was produced by a 5 year old with an Akai MPC than people with, you know, talent. And don't even get me started on the pop/rock scene.

By mdogs444 on 1/3/2008 1:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
Really? I really pictured you as a "soulja boy" hip hop dancer....

lol ... jk.

RE: I fear for the future of civilization...
By Screwballl on 1/3/2008 9:19:46 PM , Rating: 5
the top artists were.... all rap... which points at the reasoning that rap promotes illegal activities...

By The Sword 88 on 1/4/2008 1:50:16 AM , Rating: 2
Haha, true.

RE: I fear for the future of civilization...
By neothe0ne on 1/5/2008 7:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry if I'm mistaken, but I'm fairly sure Justin Timberlake isn't rap. But yeah, the top artist list.. makes me sick...

By ImSpartacus on 1/7/2008 6:04:22 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sure he wishes his fans saw his shit as rap, lol.

By Proteusza on 1/4/2008 12:03:33 PM , Rating: 3
Agree with you there.

The only possible surprise here is that Pirates 3 was not the most pirated movie!

Well, I wouldnt pirate it if you paid me, I couldnt stand the third movie.

'08 pirate predictions
By jak3676 on 1/3/2008 12:35:16 PM , Rating: 5
One can only guess the escapades that 2008 may have in store for the millions of web-pirates out there.

OK, I'll bite.

2008 will be the biggest year in on-line piracy yet, followed by 2009, 2010, etc., until content providers finally change their policy and inovate.

RE: '08 pirate predictions
By peldor on 1/3/2008 1:51:38 PM , Rating: 4
It's going to have to be a hell of an innovative policy to beat copied-it-for-free-because-I-wanted-to.

RE: '08 pirate predictions
By borismkv on 1/3/2008 2:49:33 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know. Easy to find and download stuff + not ripping my arms out of their sockets to pay for it will probably get me away from the torrents.

RE: '08 pirate predictions
By GaryJohnson on 1/5/2008 11:34:47 AM , Rating: 2
I think the problem there is that if they charge everyone what people who pirate are willing to pay they make less revenue than what they're collecting now from just the people who don't pirate.

Imagine if they charged near DVD prices for downloadable movies or CD prices for downloadable CDs.

RE: '08 pirate predictions
By mindless1 on 1/7/2008 6:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
Not really, consider the widespread move to HD video, Blu-Ray, etc. Before too long the increasing size of video, or the significant reduction in quality to shrink that down to a size a pirate would bother with, "could" be offset by more reasonable prices and advertising added revenue.

Also remember you don't have to beat copied-it-for-free in an arena where people wouldn't have bought it anyway, you just have to offer more desirable options for those who both had the disposible income and were inclined to spend it on entertainment content.

The bigger hurdle is going to be competing with pay-on-demand cable delivery. IMO, that is where a lot of content providers will begin to see new revenue in the future, but in the interim they're taking a chicken little sky-is-falling stance.

By meepstone on 1/4/2008 3:37:07 AM , Rating: 2
Why does it seem like the top artists downloaded seem to be the least artistic of them all?

I guess MTV really does a good job of drilling crap into the minds of the 15yr olds.

I'll never understand the transition MTV made from bands with musical talent to today.

The Music on MTV today seems to be either:
1. Not written by band and/or artist (just sung)
2. Cannot play an instrument
3. Just 1 person that hires a band to record album and another to tour with.

I know all dont fall into this category but a lot do and makes me wonder how they ever got a record deal.

RE: umm
By Proteusza on 1/4/2008 12:02:24 PM , Rating: 3
Record companies, and MTV, dont sell music.

They sell personalities, a strategy that has been succesful beyond their wildest dreams. Ever wonder how such talentless, inept, unmusical people could be at the top of the music industry? Only because its not about the music, its about the image, and its about manipulation to make people believe that they actually like the music.

Mixed Emotions
By oldman42 on 1/3/2008 6:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
I am disgusted by the collection of artist downloads, but I guess you have to consider that these are songs people wanted for free. These same people may very well have went right out and paid money for good music afterward.

I really like that Top Gear is #3 for TV though. The best show no one (in the US) ever heard of.

RE: Mixed Emotions
By kristof007 on 1/7/2008 11:01:15 AM , Rating: 2
I've heard it and it rocks my socks off. It is by far one of the most well done TV shows and is hilarious to watch. I am a pretty big fan of beautiful cars so I guess that helps.

However I have not downloaded any episodes of it and I probably won't in the future either because my girlfriend has a dual-tuner box from her cable company and she gets BBC America. I can just record it =).

By Cave on 1/5/2008 3:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
I'm Surprised that so much of the tv show list is basic cable. Only Dexter at #10 got in from the expanded extra $$$ cable. I thought Weeds and Entourage (and Big Love) were more popular.

RE: Re:
By Aikouka on 1/7/2008 10:48:03 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not horribly surprised by this actually. I "know some people" that get some of these shows and the reasoning is quite simple. Much like the specialty channels such as Showtime, getting the HD channels often comes with a bunch of excess that you don't want. For example, with Time Warner, if I were to get Showtime and HD local channels, I would be paying around $60 a month. If I only watched say Heroes, Weeds and Dexter... $60 a month simply is way too much.

If you're satisfied with basic SD television, then you can get local channels for a decent price and there's probably no issue :).

You can also count in the fact that some people like to be able to watch these shows whenever they want rather than at their designated time. Also, personally... I'd much rather download a 1.2GB h264 720p rip of a TV show than watch some pitiful YouTube-esque stream online.

By Missing Ghost on 1/3/2008 11:58:41 PM , Rating: 3
Ok for the movies and series, but who are theses music artists? I know none of them!

A few song excerpts. They aren’t very good.
By NicePants42 on 1/3/08, Rating: 0
By neothe0ne on 1/5/2008 7:45:14 PM , Rating: 2
This is why yur rated down
This is why yur rated down
This is why, this is why, this is why yuratedown

By incarnaterage on 1/5/2008 8:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
The reason Radiohead is not on the list is most likely due to the fact that there is no need to place Radiohead's music on a p2p network because it was available on the website for auch a long time. Anyone who wanted it could have downloaded it without ever consulting a p2p network

The real NEWS
By mikefarinha on 1/7/2008 12:07:55 PM , Rating: 2
I think the real NEWS would be to see how the popular P2P downloads compare to 'legal' music sales.

I'm betting there is some type of correlation there.

"Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap - and watch porn." -- Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
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