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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.

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