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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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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.




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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.


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